Since long ago at Bethany we parted

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Since long ago at Bethany we parted,
Within my heart there is a ceaseless void;
How can I take my harp down from the willow?
How can my songs without Thee be enjoyed?
And when at night I'm keeping lonely vigil—
Grown numb alike to sorrow and to cheer—
Then I recall the promise of Thy coming,
But sigh: O Lord, why, why Thou dost not yet appear?
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Thy manger wakes the thought: I too am homeless;
Thy cross strips earthly pleasures from my soul;
Thy coming bids me seek a better country,
For Thou Thyself art now my final goal.
Since Thou art gone my joy has lost its flavor,
My song the sweetness I would fain convey.
Since Thou art gone the sense of void o'erwhelms me.
Oh, how I long that Thou wilt come and not delay.
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Though even now I know Thy loving presence,
Yet in my heart there's still a sense of lack.
Enlightening and tenderest sustaining
Can no more satisfy: I want Thee back.
Despite Thy peace within, I still feel lonely;
Despite Thy joy there still remains a sigh;
When I feel most content, the silent yearning
To see Thee face to face becomes an uttered cry.
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What exile cannot but desire his homeland
And long his people once again to greet?
What soul on alien soil forgets his kindred?
What parted lovers never yearn to meet?
O Lord, how can these earthly loves and pleasures
With all the joy of Thy return compare?
Then, if I cannot here behold Thy countenance,
What can I do but sigh till Thou, my Lord, appear?
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Could'st Thou, O Lord, forget Thy word of promise
Soon to return and take me unto Thee?
Yet day by day and year by year I've waited
And still I wait, and no return I see!
Remember, Lord, the years I have been waiting
While Thy dear footsteps linger far away.
How long? How long? Oh! must I wait still longer
Till Thou shalt come again in glorious array?
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From generation unto generation
Thy saints have come and gone, but have not seen
Thy glorious promise pass into fulfilment.
How long, how very long the time has been!
Why cannot we, dear Lord, discern Thy footsteps?
Why are the heavens still so closely sealed?
Oh! must our waiting be prolonged still further
Before Thou in Thy matchless splendor art revealed?
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Lord, I recall the many years I've waited
For Thy return—yet, Lord, not I alone,
But Thy dear saints through many generations—
Beseeching Thee to come back for Thine own.
To countless tears and countless fervent pleadings,
By Thine appearing haste to make reply.
Oh, may Thou come, the echo of the ages,
Come, come and answer now this mighty corp'rate cry!

Copyright Living Stream Ministry. Used by permission.

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Mei Lung, Ruth Liong

Leander, TX, United States

Could’st Thou, O Lord, forget Thy word of promise

Soon to return and take me unto Thee?

Yet day by day and year by year I’ve waited

And still I wait, and no return I see!

Remember, Lord, the years I have been waiting

While Thy dear footsteps linger far away.

How long? How long? Oh! must I wait still longer

Till Thou shalt come again in glorious array?


Shouen

Branford, United States

And when at night I’m keeping lonely vigil-

Grown numb alike to sorrow and to cheer-

Then I recall the promise of Thy coming!


Maurice Ward

Columbus, Ohio, United States

In my Bible reading I came to Matthew 9:14-15. The disciples of John were perplexed that Jesus and His disciples were feasting and enjoying while they themselves were fasting. The Lord's response is how can they fast when they have Me, the lovely bridegroom with them? But a day is coming when they will fast. Why do they fast? The fast not because of religious duty but because the bridegroom is not with them. They obtain from being stupified by this world. Wow. I was so touched. Lord am I fasting in this age or have I replaced You with other things because of your absence? Saints this is the time to fast because we know that nothing here can compare to the enjoyment of our dear Bridegroom.

How can I take my harp down from the willow?

How can my songs without Thee be enjoyed?


A. Barima

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

O Lord how we long for Your return!

Come Lord Jesus quickly🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼!


Cosette

Gainesville, Florida, United States

Our prayer now, more than ever, is Lord Jesus come! Lord Jesus come quickly! Oh Lord, hear our desperate cry! How we long for Your return!


IZ

Malaysia

What parted lovers never yearn to meet? How long? How long? Oh! Must I wait still longer..? Come, come and answer now this mighty corp'rate cry!


Glory Jung

Anaheim, CA, United States

Lord, when? come dear Lord


Nelson Liu

Irvine, CA, United States

Come, come and answer now this mighty, corporate cry!!


James and Marilyn Caple

Newton, NJ, United States

Oh Lord Jesus, orchestrate the necessary circumstances in the lives of Your Own that will birth and grow this "mighty corporate cry" in this generation! Come Lord Jesus!!! We ache and long for Your appearing!!!


William Jeng

United States

Lord, make us ready for Your coming. Lord, we say that we don't belong to this age, we are just sojourners seeking for a better country - the next age the kingdom age! We don't LIVE for eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage; we LIVE for Christ!

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