With weary feet and saddened heart

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1. With weary feet and saddened heart,
From toil and care we flee,
And come, O dearest Lord, apart,
To rest awhile with Thee.

2. The courts of Heav’n were lost to view,
The world had come between;
But here the veil is rent in two;
We see the things unseen.

3. Our sins, in Thy pure light descried,
Stand out in dread array;
But here in love’s absolving tide
Their guilt is washed away.

4. With strife of tongues distraught and worn
Our troublous way we trod;
But cast ourselves, this holy morn,
Into the peace of God.

5. And oh! what depth of joy, as thus
We bend the trembling knee,
To know that Thou art one with us,
And we are one with Thee.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #7716

Author: William Walsham How

William W. How (b. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, 1823; d. Leenane, County Mayo, Ireland, 1897) studied at Wadham College, Oxford, and Durham University and was ordained in the Church of England in 1847. He served various congregations and became Suffragan Bishop in east London in 1879 and Bishop of Wakefield in 1888. Called both the "poor man's bishop" and "the children's bishop," How was known for his work among the destitute in the London slums and among the factory workers in west Yorkshire. He wrote a number of theological works about controversies surrounding the Oxford Movement and attempted to reconcile biblical creation with the theory of evolution. He was joint editor of Psalms and Hymns (1854) and Church Hymns (1871). While rec… Go to person page >

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First Line: With weary feet and saddened heart
Author: William Walsham How


With weary feet and saddened heart. Bp. W. W. How. [Quiet Days.] Written in 1888. "For Early Communion on Quiet Days for the Clergy," in the 1889 Suppl. Hymns to Hymns Ancient & Modern.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)



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