Sunday, August 18, 2013

Come, Lord Jesus; Come with Haste

Come, Lord Jesus; come with haste,
Lest Your image be effaced
Through the tempter's clinging mesh,
Through the weakness of the flesh;
Lest Your lifeblood go to waste,
Come, Lord Jesus; come with haste!

Will You find faith on the earth?
Struggling in the pangs of birth,
All creation groans and cries;
Yet mankind Your name denies.
Gift above all gifts in worth,
Will You find faith on the earth?

Burden of the church's song,
Even now, is: "Lord, how long?"
Must the faithful undergo
More than we can bear of woe?
Hated, ridiculed, disgraced,
Pray we rather: come with haste!

In Your root-stock we are graft,
Thirsting for Your lively draught;
Born again, though not by womb—
Slain, we share Your broken tomb.
At the font by You embraced,
We first bid You: come with haste!

Come! with Your absolving breath,
Blow into this world of death;
Kindle cleansing fire and light
In this generation's night;
Of Your Spirit let us taste.
Come, Lord Jesus; come with haste!

Flesh that bore our flesh's meed,
Now to us be bread indeed;
Blood once sprinkled o'er our sin,
Now true drink, our weal to win.
Lips whereon this seal is placed
Now entreat You: come with haste!

Come where many, come where few
Gather to commune in You;
Come where souls confess and pray;
Come to share our dying day;
And when earth's last heat is raced,
Come, Lord Jesus; come with haste!

4 comments:

Cuda said...

I like it!

I think it would work well with the tune for "Thine forever, God of Love". What tune did you have in mind?

Robin D Fish Jr said...

I found a good eight or ten alternatives in different hymnals, but the one most likely to be familiar to you are the tunes to TLH 11 and TLH 20.

Robin D Fish Jr said...

Wouldn't "Thine forever" run out of music before the stanzas ran out of words?

Cuda said...

I actually just repeated the first two lines before coming to the last two. I like the tune with the words so much that I did the doubling of the first lines without even realizing I was butchering the melody.

I think the tune for TLH 20 would work well. Actually, I like them both (both you suggested). I suspect that either would better than the other 7.7.7.7.7.7 tunes in TLH.