Scripture Verse

O Lord, how long? Return, O Lord. Psalm 6:3–4


John B. Dykes (1823–1876)

Words: Emi­ly G. Balch, 1913.

Music: Me­li­ta John B. Dykes, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1861 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Emily G. Balch (1867–1961)


Now let us all arise and sing
The com­ing king­dom of our king,
The time when all shall bro­thers be,
Each lov­ing each, all lov­ing Thee.
How long, O Lord, O Lord, how long
Shall these Thy weak ones suf­fer wrong?

O when shall dawn the glo­ri­ous day
For which we hope and work and pray?
Dear Fa­ther, use what means Thou wilt
To cleanse our lives from greed and guilt;
Help us to put away our sin
And learn to bring Thy king­dom in.