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The Churchís Desolation 89

The Sacred Harp, 1991 (Denson) Edition

Composer: Arranged by Jesse T. White, 1844
Poet: The Sacred Harp, 1844
Meter: 8s,7s Double Iambic (8,7,8,7,8,7,8,7)
Stanza Poetry Source by First Line
1
Well may Thy servants mourn, my God,
The Churchís desolation;
The state of Zion calls aloud
For grief and lamentation.
Once she was all alive to Thee
And thousands were converted,
But now a sad reverse we see,
Her glory is departed.


Well may thy servants mourn, my God,, Stanza 1
2
And has religion left the Church
Without a trace behind her?
Where shall I go, where shall I search,
That I once more may find her?
Adieu, ye proud, ye light and gay,
Iíll seek the brokenhearted,
Who weep when they of Zion say,
Her glory is departed.


Well may thy servants mourn, my God,, Stanza 4
3
Some few, like good Elijah stand,
While thousands have revolted,
In earnest for the heavínly land
They never yet have halted.
With such religion doth remain,
For they are not perverted;
Oh may they all through men regain
The glory thatís departed.


Well may thy servants mourn, my God,, Stanza 5