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O’er Waiting Harpstrings (Christ My Refuge)

Carolyn Kardinal  •  Digital Sheet Music


A multi-textured accompaniment enhances an absolutely gorgeous melody, which again seems to fit the text perfectly. The setting is simple, yet elegant. Lyrics by Mary Baker Eddy. Copyright 2005

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by Mary Baker Eddy

Oʼer 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 Lifeʼs burdens light.
I kiss the cross and wake to know a world more bright.
And oʼer earthʼs troubled, angry sea I see Christ walk,
And come to me, and tenderly, divinely talk.
Thus Truth engrounds me on the rock, upon Lifeʼs shore,
ʻGainst 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, som daily good to do to Thine, for Thee;
And 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