Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Reformer's Vow

(An anti-Abolitionist broadside from 1837)
This from the 1865 edition of Hymns of the Spirit (see post on October 19th), written by Samuel Johnson to be sung at "Reform Meetings":

The Reformer's Vow

God of the earnest heart,
The trust assured and still,
Thou who our strength forever art,-
We come to do Thy will

Upon that painful road
By saints serenely trod,
Whereon their hallowing influence flowed,
Would we go forth, O God!

Gainst doubt and shame and fear
In human hearts to strive,
That all may learn to love and bear,
To conquer self and live;

To draw Thy blessing down
And bring the wronged redress,
And give this glorious world its crown
The Spirit's Godlikeness.

No dreams from toil to charm
No trembling on the tongue,-
Lord, in Thy rest may we be calm,
Through Thy completeness, strong!

Thou hearest while we pray;
O deep within us write,
With kindling power, our God, to-day,
Thy word,-On earth be light!


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