When Jesus In The Temple Stayed


When Jesus in the temple stay’d,
When he was but a youth;
And there his fathers will obey’d:
To hear and teach the truth.

He was by his dear mother sought,
Who felt herself forlorn!
She sought him, but she found him not,
Which caused her to mourn.

She sought him first among the friends
And hop’d him there to see;
but Jesus not always attends
Where he is thought to be.

But when, like Mary we pursue
To seek him where his is:
Like Mary we shall find him too,
And know his offices.

He came to do his fathers will
And make salvation known;
The plan and order to reveal
In which it must be done.

Could I like Mary, feel distress’d
When absent from this face;
My soul could never be at rest
Till I could feel his grace.

Then, like as Mary I should find
My comforts all renew’d:
Faith, hope, and joy and peace of mind,
And union with my God.