Scripture Verse

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart. Psalm 27:14


Words: Ma­ry F. Butts, in Make His Praise Glo­ri­ous, ed­it­ed by Ed­win O. Ex­cell (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: E. O. Ex­cell, 1900), num­ber 111.

Music: Ufa Ira. O. Hoff­man (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Butts or Hoff­man (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Have a lit­tle pa­tience,
Brother, with thy load;
Thou wilt reach to­mor­row,
Perchance, a smooth­er road.


Courage, bro­ther, cour­age!
For just be­yond the sight,
At the high­way’s turn­ing,
Waits thy heart’s de­light.

Look a lit­tle clos­er,
Brother, at thy way;
See the bright-faced blos­soms
That smile at thee to­day.


Look a lit­tle high­er,
At the pros­pect sweet,
And for­get the rough­ness
That lies be­neath thy feet.


Listen, bro­ther, list­en!
As you plod along,
Faintly from the dist­ance
There comes a hap­py song.