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Long have I seemed to serve thee Lord




Long have I seemed to serve thee, Lord,
With unavailing pain;
Fasted, and prayed, and read thy word,
And heard it preached in vain.


Oft did I with the assembly join,
And near thine altar drew;
A form of godliness was mine,
The power I never knew.


I rested in the outward law,
Nor knew its deep design;
The length and breadth I never saw,
And height, of love divine.


To please thee thus, at length I see,
Vainly I hoped and strove;
For what are outward things to thee,
Unless they spring from love?


I see the perfect law requires
Truth in the inward parts,
Our full consent, our whole desires,
Our undivided hearts.


But I of means have made my boast.
Of means an idol made;
The spirit in the letter lost,
The substance in the shade.


Where am I now, or what my hope?
What can my weakness do?
Jesus, to thee my soul looks up,
'Tis thou must make it new.


---Alternative verses---


Long have I seemed to serve Thee, Lord,
With unavailing pain:
I fasted, prayed, and read Thy Word,
And heard it preached in vain.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1740
      Bible Refs: 2 Ti 3:5;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1889# 91
      1899# 323
      MUSIC
      Name: WOODLAND
      Meter: 8 6 8 8 6
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1840
        SCORE PREVIEW
        score
        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
        Name meter
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)

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