Scripture Verse

Patience and encouragement come from God. Romans 15:5

Introduction

Words: Min­ot O. Si­mons, 1914. Pub­lished in Church and Un­i­ver­si­ty Hymns, ed­it­ed by Ed­ward J. Smith (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Bos­ton Mu­sic Com­pa­ny, 1916), num­ber 168.

Music: Pa­tience James H. Ro­gers, 1914 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Simons or Rogers (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

O God, Thy patience moves my soul
To see in Thee the way of life;
Thy purpose an unfolding scroll
Of changes all with meaning rife.
Thy way is sure, with measured beat,
The ages follow, one by one;
The world grows slowly in the heat
Of strife that welds good labors done.

O life, thou too must sow and wait;
Thy harvest comes from soil prepared,
From pow’rs well trained to master fate
Thro’ early years of purpose dared.
The perfect work, the friendships dear,
The whole-souled honor, just and brave,
The triumph over trials dear,
Thy patient faith will gain and save.

O soul, thy faith to patience leads,
With virtuous strength thou canst control
The wayward self. The spirit pleads
For life’s devotion to its goal.
Fulfillment comes with steady gain;
The years of schooling hard and long
Are worth their cost in strife and pain
That win the glory of the strong.