Christ My Song - 1015
I come to thee once more, my God! - The End of Man
(Frederick William Faber/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
The End of Man.
2. Though bright and many are the spots
where I have built a nest,
yet in the brightest still I pined
for more abiding rest.
3. Riches could bring me joy and power,
and they were fair to see;
yet gold was but a sorry god
to serve instead of thee.
4. The honour and the world's good word
appeared a nobler faith;
yet could I rest on bliss that hung
and trembled on a breath?
5. The pleasure of the passing hour
my spirit next could while;
but soon, full soon my heart fell sick
of pleasure's weary smile.
6. More selfish grown, I worshipped health,
the flush of manhood's power;
but then it came and went so quick,
it was but for an hour.
7. And thus a not unkindly world
hath done its best for me;
yet I have found, O God! no rest,
no harbour short of thee.
8. For thou hast made this wondrous soul
all for thyself alone;
ah! send thy sweet transforming grace
to make it more thine own.
Frederick William Faber, Hymns Selected from Faber, 1875, 58-60.