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Hymns Of Ter Steegen Suso And Others by Frances Bevan

A Light to Lighten the Gentiles

P. G.

2 Sam. xv.19-22; John xii.26

|Wherefore goest thou with me?|

Said the king disowned --

Said the king despised, rejected,

Disenthroned.

|Go, return unto thy place,

To thy king of yore --

Here a pilgrim and a stranger,

Nothing more.

|Not for thee the cities fair,

Hills of corn and wine --

All was portioned ere thou camest,

Nought is thine.

|Wandering forth where'er I may,

Exiled from mine own,

Shame, rejection I can grant thee;

That alone.

|Turn and take thy brethren back,

With thy people dwell;

I have loved thee, I, the outcast;

Fare thee well.|

Then unto the crownless king

On the Kedron's shore,

All the wilderness before him,

Ittai swore,

|As the Lord lives and the king,

Ever lord to me,

Where in death or life he dwelleth

I will be.|

|Go -- pass over;| spake the king;

Then passed Ittai o'er;

Passed into the place of exile

From the shore.

He and all his little ones,

Granted by that word,

Shame, rejection, homeless wandering

With their lord.

|Go -- pass over;| words of grace,

Spoken, Lord, to me,

That, in death or life, where Thou art

I might be.

Dead and crucified with Thee,

Passed beyond my doom;

Sin and law for ever silenced

In Thy tomb.

Passed beyond the mighty curse,

Dead, from sin set free;

Not for Thee earth's joy and music,

Not for me.

Dead; the sinner past and gone,

Not the sin alone;

Living, where Thou art in glory,

On the throne.

Hidden there with Christ in God,

That blest life I share;

Christ it is who liveth in me --

Liveth there.

|He who serves Me,| spake His lips,

|Let him follow Me,

And where I am shall My servant

Ever be.|

Follow, where His steps lead on,

Through the golden street;

Far into the depths of glory

Track His feet.

Till unto the throne of God,

Of the Lamb, I come;

There to share the blessed welcome,

Welcome home!

There with Him whom man rejected

In the light above,

Those whom God His Father honours

Such His love.

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