Christ My Song - 977
Leaning on thee, my Guide, my Friend - Leaning on her Beloved (Charlotte Elliott/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Leaning on her Beloved.
Written for one note likely to recover.
2. Leaning on thee, this darkened room
is cheered by a celestial ray:
thy pitying smile dispels the gloom –
turns night to day.
3. Leaning on thee, my soul retires
from earthly thoughts and earthly things;
on thee concentrates her desires;
to thee she clings.
4. Leaning on thee, with childlike faith,
to thee the future I confide;
each step of life's untrodden path
thy love will guide.
5. Leaning on thee, I breathe no moan,
though faint with languor, parched with heat:
thy will has now become my own –
thy will is sweet.
6. Leaning on thee, midst torturing pain,
with patience thou my soul dost fill:
thou whisperest, "What did I sustain?"
Then I am still.
7. Leaning on thee, I do not dread
the havoc slow disease may make;
thou, who for me thy blood hast shed,
wilt ne'er forsake.
8. Leaning on thee, though faint and weak,
too weak another voice to hear,
thy heavenly accents comfort speak,
"Be of good cheer!"
9. Leaning on thee, no fear alarms;
calmly I stand on death's dark brink:
I feel "the everlasting arms,"
I cannot sink.
Charlotte Elliott, Selections from the Poems of Charlotte Elliott, 200-202.