Old-Line Primitive Baptist Hymn and Tune Book

Hymn #441: God, Who Rules The Times And Seasons

Hymn #440 Hymn #442

The Church

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441 (P.M.)

God, who rules the times and seasons,

Doubtless for the best of reasons,

Has been pleased to visit Zion,

With afflictions sore and trying.

Refrain:

When, oh, when will Christ the Saviour

Come, His little flock to favor?

When, oh, when?

See of late the sad declension,

Bitter strife and fierce contention;

Fi'ry zeal and persecution,

Raging like the troubled ocean.

See the proud assuming spirit,

Some among us now inherit;

Striving who shall have dominion,

Slaves to popular opinion.

See the world and church uniting

In the work of proselyting;

Wood, and hay, and stubble bringing,

To build up the gospel kingdom.

See the train of "means and measures."

Filthy lucre, worldly pleasures;

Honor, titles, wealth, and numbers,

All combined to gain more members.

See the wide-spread desolations,

Churches and associations,

Once so happily united,

Now are like a house divided.

Christian fellowship and union,

Correspondence and communion,

All are sacrificed together;

Brother scandalizing brother.

Oh! it is a day of terror;

Dark and low'ring clouds of error

Over trembling Zion hover;

Oh! when will the storm pass over?

Hymn #440 Hymn #442