Why Stay We Here So Loath To Part
Why stay we here, so loth to part?
Tell me, O Christian, has thy heart
Been warm’d with pure devotion’s flame,
And fill’d with love to Jesus’ name?
If so, ’tis good to wait a while,
And weep to see our Saviour smile;
‘Tis heav’n on earth to feel his grace,
And heav’n above, to see his face.
Blest moments these, then ev’ry tongue
Is loos’d, to chant the grateful song,
“To Him who shed his blood for me,
“And set the groaning pri’sner free:
“To Him who foil’d the spoiler’s pow’rs,
“Ascended to his God and our’s;
“Who sits enthron’d where seraphs glow,
“And teach their strains to saints below:
“To Him who hears the humblest pray’r,
“And wafts it to his Father’s ear:
“To Him who sent the promis’d Dove,
“To guide us safe to realms above.”
What though we part, to meet no more
On this side Canaan’s peaceful shore;
Yet, while we tarry let us pray,
And follow Jesus in the way.