Afflicted Saint, to Christ Draw Near

from the 1927 LDS Hymnal, by John Fawcett

Afflicted Saint, to Christ draw near,
Thy Saviour’s gracious promise hear;
His faithful word declares to thee
That “as thy day, thy strength shall be.”

Let not thy heart despond and say,
“How shall I stand the trying day?”
He has engaged by firm decree
That “as thy day, thy strength shall be.”

Should persecution rage and flame,
Still trust in thy Redeemer’s name;
In fiery trials thou shalt see,
That “as thy day, thy strength shall be.”

When called to bear the weighty cross
Of sore affliction, pain or loss,
Or deep distress, or poverty,
Still “as thy day, thy strength shall be.”

Comments

  1. Thank you.

  2. I don’t know what music this might be set to in the 1927 hymnal, but I am singing it this morning to the tune of “Each Life the Touches Ours for Good.” The connexion of the two is apt. Thank you, Kristine.

  3. Thank you, Kristine. The world is short on balm in Gilead these days, and you’ve offered us some.

  4. eponymous says:

    Kristine, your gift of musical insight was needed today.

  5. This morning, I adapted these words and composed a new tune. Hope that the lyricist wouldn’t mind. Would you be interested to hear my new music (when I have a chance to notate it)?

    Afflicted Soul, to Jesus Draw Near
    John Fawcett (adapted from the 1927 LDS Hymnal)

    1. Afflicted soul, to Jesus draw near,
    To heaven’s promise tune listening ear;
    God’s faithful word declares to thee
    That “as thy day, thy strength shall be.”

    Chorus
    Let not your heart despair and say,
    “How can I stand this trying day?”
    God has assured by firm decree
    That “as thy day, thy strength shall be.”

    2. Though called to bear a heavy cross
    Of vexing doubt, of anguish or loss,
    Despite distress or poverty,
    Still “as thy day, thy strength shall be.”

    Chorus
    Should persecution rage and flame,
    More fervent trust in Jesus’ name;
    In fiery trials you yet will see,
    That “as thy day, thy strength shall be.”

    How could I find poetry, especially on this blog or other sources of the sort that might most readily be used as song lyrics? As a composer, I’m always on the lookout. Thanks!

  6. Mary Lythgoe Bradford says:

    Wonderful–Thanks for the healing music!