Darkness overspreads us here,
But the night wears fast away;
Jacob's star will soon appear,
Leading on eternal day!
The water stood like walls of brass,
To let the sons of Israel pass;
And from the rock in rivers burst
At Moses' prayer to quench their thirst.
Supported by the word,
Though in himself a worm,
The servant of the Lord
Can wondrous acts perform:
Let us adore the grace that seeks
To draw our hearts above!
Attend, 'tis God the Saviour speaks,
And every word is love.
While with ceaseless course the sun
Hasted through the former year,
Many souls their race have run,
Never more to meet us here;
When descending from the sky
The Bridegroom shall appear;
And the solemn midnight cry,
Shall call professors near:
The evils that beset our path
Who can prevent or cure?
We stand upon the brink of death
When most we seem secure.
Though in the outward church below
The wheat and tares together grow;
Jesus ere long will weed the crop,
And pluck the tares, in anger, up.
Jesus, to what didst thou submit
To save thy dear-bought flock from hell!
Like a pour trav'ller see him sit,
Athirst, and weary, by the well.