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3rd Sunday in Advent – Oh, Savior, Is Thy Promise Fled?

This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series Heber's Advent-Christmas Cycle

Reginald Heber

Oh, Savior, is Thy promise fled?
Nor longer might Thy grace endure,
To heal the sick and raise the dead,
And preach Thy Gospel to the poor?

Come, Jesus! Come! Return again;
With brighter beam Thy servants bless,
Who long to feel Thy perfect reign,
And share Thy kingdom’s happiness.

A feeble race, by passion driven,
In darkness and in doubt we roam,
And lift our anxious eyes to Heaven,
Our hope, our harbor, and our home.

Yet, ’mid the wild and wintry gale,
Where death rides darkly o’er the sea,
And strength and earthly daring fail,
Our prayers, Redeemer! rest on Thee!

Come, Jesus! Come! and, as of yore
The prophet went to clear Thy way,
A harbinger Thy feet before,
A dawning to Thy brighter day:

So now may grace with heavenly shower
Our stony hearts for truth prepare;
Sow in our souls the seed of power,
Then come and reap Thy harvest there!

(Special thanks to our friend Pastor Bruce Wasson for his special gift of
The Poetical Works of Reginald Heber, Late Lord Bishop of Calcutta
by M. A. DeWolfe Howe [1857], from which this poem was taken.)


To discover more hymns, visit our growing list of Powerful Poetry.

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