Scripture Verse

Lord, how long will You look on? Rescue my soul!@Psalm 35:17

Introduction

Words: Sam­u­el M. Glas­gow, 1917.

Music: C. T. Cald­well (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Anecdote

Rev. Motte Mar­tin, of Af­ri­ca, re­cites the mo­ving in­ci­dent of a seek­er af­ter a teach­er for his dis­tant vi­llage who, when thrice re­fused, there be­ing none to send, cried out in his brok­en-heart­ed­ness, in re­sponse to the ans­wer, You must wait; HOW LONG MUST WE WAIT?

Oh, Teach­er, ask the white man in your land, HOW LONG MUST WE WAIT?

Broadman Hym­nal, p. 131

Lyrics

Long have we sought eternal life,
Years have we waited in sin and strife;
In darkness groped, sad misery’s mate,
How long? how long must we wait?

Refrain

How long? how long must we wait?
How long? how long must we wait?
The laborers still are few;
Our Lord has need of you,
How long? how long must we wait?

You know the love of God manifold,
Ages have brought you their grace untold;
Peace and a hope, no fear of fate.
How long? how long must we wait?

Refrain

The agèd faint and long for the Friend,
Dark shadows gathering bring the end;
Fades now the light, ’tis growing late.
How long? how long must we wait?

Refrain