You know the drill: no review today because I’m too busy having a blast at the Spring 2014 Southwest Sacred Harp Convention. It’s a Cooper book singing, which means I’ll get to hear songs I only hear a couple times a year (most of the singings I attend use the Densen book, which has slightly different songs).
This time I leave you with #67, “Columbus.” Sing on!
O once I had a glorious view
Of my redeeming Lord;
He said I’ll be a God to you,
And I believed His word.
But now I have a deeper stroke
Than all my groanings are,
My God has me of late forsook —
He’s gone, I know not where.
[pullquote]And when I’m tried sufficiently
I shall come forth as gold.[/pullquote]
O what immortal joys I felt,
On that celestial day,
When my hard heart began to melt,
By love dissolved away!
But my complaint is bitter now,
For all my joys are gone;
I’ve stray’d — I’m left! I know not how;
The light’s from me withdrawn.
What shall I do? Shall I lie down
And sink in deep despair?
Will He forever wear a frown,
Nor hear my feeble prayer?
No, He will put His strength in me,
He knows the way I’ve strolled,
And when I’m tried sufficiently
I shall come forth as gold.