THE JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM
|And they went in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them; and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid.| -- Mark 10:32.
|Jesu, was hat dich getrieben.|
transl., Sarah Findlater, 1855
Jesus! what was that which drew Thee
To Jerusalem's ancient gate?
Ah! the love that burned so truly,
Would not suffer Thee to wait!
On Thou journeyedst, thus securing
Me a city more enduring!
To my spirit now draw nearer,
Lord, as to Jerusalem!
Let each moment prove Thee dearer;
Make this heart a Bethlehem!
Thus my Saviour's love possessing,
Surely I have Salem's blessing!
To the world Thou hast sent me,
Like the twelve that saw Thy face
Lead me through the journey gently,
Keep me near Thee by Thy grace.
Ny allotted work fulfilling,
Ever ready, ever willing.
Let me gladly see my calling,
When and where thou sendest me,
Never into darkness falling,
Gazing on futurity;
But obey when Thou hast bidden,
Though Thy counsel should be hidden.
Let me follow Thee, my Saviour,
Not with words or empty show;
But my heart, my life, behavior,
Prove Thy presence here below.
Meekly with the froward bearing,
And each brother's burden sharing!
Oh, my Lord! if Thou shouldst ever
Call me desolate to roam,
For Thy truth and conscience sever
Every tie of house and home,
Then draw nearer, if Thou smite me;
Let not crosses disunite me.
So shall I, hosannahs singing,
All the desert-way rejoice.
Late and early, praises bringing,
But with feeble, earthly voice.
Though these broken notes distress me,
Jesus! Thou wilt hear and bless me!