How Long, O How Long?

How long, O how long must our pleading be vain?

Author: Isaiah Baltzell
Tune: [How long, O how long, must our pleading be vain]
Published in 3 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 How long, O how long must our pleading be vain?
How long till the Christian shall loosen the chain
That binds us in in ignorance, mighty and strong;
How long, O ye Christians, how long, O how long?

2 How long must we wait, and continue to cry,
"Come over and help us," O come ere we die?
O where is salvation, so full and so free?
We’re waiting, O Christian, God’s people to be.

3 O heed thou our pleading, nor longer delay;
Our people are heathen, they know not the way;
Then come, quickly come, bring your message of peace,
To save us from ruin—our souls to release.

4 Despised and forsaken, no Bible, no God;
We long to be free from idolatry’s rod;
O hear us, while out of the darkness we cry:
"Come over and help us," O come, ere we die.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8601

Author: Isaiah Baltzell

Baltzell, Isaiah. (near Frederick, Maryland, November 26, 1832--January 16, 1893, Frederick). He was educated in the common schools, and at New Windsor Academy, Carroll County, Maryland. In 1859 he married Cecilia Caroline James at Mountain Jackson, Virginia. Originally a Lutheran, he joined the United Brethren Church in 1847, was licensed to preach by the Virginia Conference in 1854, and ordained in 1856. In 1862 he joined the Pennsylvania Conference. He was presiding elder from 1875 to 1880, and from 1883 to 1889. He was a delegate to three General Conferences, and was a trustee of Otterbein University. In 1873 he was appointed by the General Conference a member of the committee to superintend the publication of Hymns for the Sanctuary. H… Go to person page >

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First Line: How long, O how long must our pleading be vain?
Title: How Long, O How Long?
Author: Isaiah Baltzell
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #8601
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