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Hymn 255 – “O’er waiting harpstrings…,”

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Hymn 255 – “O’er waiting harpstrings…,” Christ My Refuge,
Music: Percy C. Buck;
Lyrics: Mary Baker Eddy.

O’er waiting harpstrings of the mind 

There sweeps a strain, 

Low, sad, and sweet, whose measures bind 

The power of pain,

And wake a white-winged angel throng 

Of thoughts, illumed 

By faith, and breathed in raptured song, 

With love perfumed.

Then His unveiled, sweet mercies show 

Life’s burdens light. 

I kiss the cross, and wake to know 

A world more bright.

And o’er earth’s troubled, angry sea 

I see Christ walk, 

And come to me, and tenderly, 

Divinely talk.

Thus Truth engrounds me on the rock, 

Upon Life’s shore, 

‘Gainst which the winds and waves can shock, 

Oh, nevermore!

From tired joy and grief afar, 

And nearer Thee, — 

Father, where Thine own children are, 

I love to be.

My prayer, some daily good to do 

To Thine, for Thee; 

An offering pure of Love, whereto 

God leadeth me.

Words by Mary Baker Eddy from the Christian Science Hymnal, used courtesy of The Mary Baker Eddy Collection

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