Christ My Song - 1096
When one whom ... - I Am With You Alway
(Hannah K. Burlingham/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
I Am With You Alway.
"He that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him." (Mark 5,18)
2. Like him I thought that to abide with thee,
I needs must leave the busy haunts of men;
in some far, tranquil solitude must be, –
nor near thee till such pause came round again.
3. Each day my heart more full of sadness grew,
nor thought to serve thee in life’s simplest things;
that I was one thy blood had bought I knew;
I would have flown to thee had I had wings.
4. For oh! I longed no more to leave thy side,
not understanding thou art ever near,
nor how with thee in spirit to abide
throughout the needed desert-training here.
5. "Home to thy friends" – was thy own gracious charge
(thy earlier rescued one since Home to thee);
for love may offices on earth discharge,
such as are not, where soon I too shall be.
6. And I have proved thy power to stay the mind
amid the turmoil of this outer life;
what perfect peace the wearied heart may find,
e’en in the very thickest of the strife.
7. I have been learning how thy presence, Lord,
is my pavilion, my repose, my shield;
here rest is found, according to thy word –
safe garrison – though on the battle-field.
8. Henceforth I fain would be apart with thee,
in quiet sweet communion of soul;
whilst hands and outward thoughts in service free
fulfill their share of God-allotted toil.
9. "The Carpenter" they called thee here below;
so many years thou hadst this lowly place:
men knew thee not; thou, Lord, alone couldst know
how glorious shone on thee the Father’s face.
10. O blessèd Jesus! Thou hast made me thine;
teach me to mark thy every tone and word:
deepen thou still this fellowship divine,
until the welcome summons home be heard.
Hannah K. Burlingham, Wayside Songs, 1901, 107-109.