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„THY KINGDOM COME!”
„For as the earth bringeth forth the bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.”—Isa. 61:11
Thy Kingdom come! Give ear, O King of ages!
This earnest prayer is knocking at thy door;
The Church of God with one accord engages
In hopeful pleading till the night is o’er.
Thy Kingdom come! We wait the promised glory
That, like the sea, embraces every shore.
We wait the time proclaimed in psalm and story,
When strife shall cease and nations war no more.
Thy Kingdom come, and bring its feast of gladness
To groaning creatures wasted by despair;
To dry all faces with the breath of gladness,
And soothe our sorrows with thy love and care.
Thy Kingdom come! To darkened minds revealing
The blissful springs of gratitude and praise.
Come, Sun of righteousness, with beams of healing;
Dispense thy light in universal rays.
Thy Kingdom come! O, haste the Bride’s appearing;
Let every soul her wand of healing feel,—
While all the ransomed of the Lord, revering,
Adore Jehovah, and in homage kneel.
— June 1, 1903 —