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Hymn #208: Oh, Once I Had A Glorious View

Hymn #207 Hymn #209

The Christian

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208 (C.M.)

Oh, once I had a glorious view

Of my redeeming Lord;

He said, "I'll be a God to you,"

And I believed his word.

But now I have a deeper stroke

Than all my groanings are:

My God has me of late forsook —

He's gone, I know not where.

Oh, what immortal joys I felt,

On that celestial day,

When my hard heart began to melt,

By love dissolved away!

But my complaint is bitter now,

For all my joys are gone;

I've strayed, I'm left, I know not how;

The light's from me withdrawn.

Once I could joy His saints to meet,

To me they were most dear;

I then could stoop to wash their feet,

And shed a joyful tear.

But now I meet them as the rest,

And with them joyless stay;

My conversation's spiritless,

Or else I've naught to say.

I forward go in duty's way,

But can't perceive Him there;

Then backwards on the road I stray,

But cannot find Him there:

On the left hand, where He doth work,

Among the wicked crew,

And on the right, I find Him not,

Among the favored few.

What shall I do? Shall I lie down,

And sink in deep despair?

Will He forever wear a frown,

Nor hear my feeble prayer?

No! He will put His strength in me,

He knows the way I've strolled;

And when I'm tried sufficiently,

I shall come forth as gold.

Hymn #207 Hymn #209