While Nature Yielding To Despair
The Angel Gabriel
Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1145. “Thy prayer is heard.” Gospel of St. Luke i. 13.
Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 102-103.
While nature yielding to despair
Her blasted expectation mourns,
After a length of years the prayer
In the most helpless case returns,
The peaceful word at last comes down,
And lo, the barren bears a son!
Then let us patiently attend,
To Him the time and manner leave,
Till God the long-sought blessing send,
Till Christ His gracious fulness give,
And faith's maturest fruit we prove
In finish'd holiness and love.
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