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How long the time since God began To call in vain




How long the time since Christ began
To call in vain on me!
Deaf to his warning voice, I ran
Through paths of vanity.


He called me, when my thoughtless prime
Was early ripe to ill;
I passed from folly on to crime,
And yet He called me still.


He called me, in the time of dread,
When death was full in view;
I trembled on my feverish bed,
And rose to sin anew.


Yet could I hear Him once again
As I have heard of old,
Methinks he should not call in vain
His wanderer to the fold.


O Thou, who every thought dost know,
And answerest every prayer!
Try me with sickness, want, or woe,
But snatch me from despair.


My struggling will by grace control,
Renew my broken vow:
—What blessed light breaks on my soul!
My God! I hear Thee now.


---Alternative verses---


How long the time since God began
To call in vain on me!
Deaf to his warning voice, I ran
Through paths of vanity.


He called me, in the hour of dread,
When death was full in view;
I trembled on my feverish bed,
And rose to sin anew.


O Thou, that every thought dost know,
And answerest every prayer!
Try me with sickness, want, or woe,
But snatch me from despair.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates:
      Bible Refs:
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1866# 985
      MUSIC
      Name: ST. BERNARD
      Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1741
        SCORE PREVIEW
        score
        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
        Name meter
        8 6 8 6 D (D.C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
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