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O’er Waiting Harpstrings

John F. Wilson  •  Digital Sheet Music (DSM)


A setting of Christ my Refuge by Mrs Eddy for medium voice. The tune and accompaniment have repeated figures reminiscent of a harp, with slightly modern harmonies and a slower ending to match the prayer of the last verse.

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O’er Waiting Harpstrings
Music by John F. Wilson
Words by 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 used courtesy of The Mary Baker Eddy Collection