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THE CHURCH IN THE WILDERNESS




Far down the ages now,
Her journey well nigh done,
The pilgrim Church pursues her way,
And longs to reach her crown.


The story of the past
Comes up before her view;
How well it seems to suit her still—
Old, and yet ever new!


It is the oft-told tale
Of sin and weariness,
Of grace and love yet flowing down
To pardon and to bless.


No wider is the gate,
No broader is the way,
No smoother is the ancient path
That leads to light and day.


No sweeter is the cup,
Nor less our lot of ill;
‘Twas tribulation ages since,
‘Tis tribulation still.


No feebler is the foe,
No slacker grows the fight,
Nor less the need of armour tried,
Of shield and helmet bright.


Thus onward still we press,
Through evil and through good,
Through pain, or poverty, or want,
Through peril or through blood.


Still faithful to our God,
And to our Captain true,
We follow where He leads the way,
The kingdom still in view.


---Alternative verses---


Far down the ages now
Much of her journey done,
The pilgrim church pursues her way,
Until her crown be won.


No slacker grows the fight,
No feebler is the foe,
Nor less the need of armour tried
Of shield, and spear, and bow.


Still faithful to our God,
And to our Captain true,
We follow where he leads the way,
The kingdom in our view.

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LYRICS
Meter: 6 6 8 6 (S.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1856-04,1857
      Bible Refs: Eph 3:21;
      MUSIC
      Name: STATE STREET
      Meter: 6 6 8 6 (S.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1844
        SCORE PREVIEW
        score
        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
        Name meter
        6 6 8 6 (S.M.)
        6 6 8 6 (S.M.)
        6 6 8 6 (S.M.)
        6 6 8 6 (S.M.)
        6 6 8 6 (S.M.)
        6 6 8 6 D (D.S.M.)

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