Scripture Verse

Yield yourselves unto the Lord. 2 Chronicles 30:8


Horatius Bonar (1808–1889)

Words: Ho­ra­ti­us Bo­nar, Hymns of Faith and Hope (Lon­don: James Nis­bet, 1857), pag­es 111–15, alt. The Rod.

Music: Wiltz, from The Sab­bath Hymn and Tune Book, ed­it­ed by Lo­well Ma­son, Ed­wards A. Park & Aus­tin Phelps (New York: Ma­son Bro­thers, 1859) num­ber 264 (🔊 pdf nwc).


I weep, but do not yield,
I mourn, yet still rebel;
My inmost soul seems steeled,
Cold and immoveable.

The wound is sharp and deep;
My spirit bleeds within;
And yet I lie asleep,
And still I sin, I sin.

My bruisèd soul complains
Of stripes without, within;
I feel these piercing pains—
Yet still I sin, I sin.

O’er me the low cloud hung
Its weight of shade and fear;
Unmoved I passed along,
And still my sin is here.

Yon massive mountain-peak
The lightning rends at will;
The rock can melt or break—
I am unbroken still.

My sky was once noon-bright,
My day was calm the while,
I loved the pleasant light,
The sunshine’s happy smile.

I said, my God, oh, sure,
This love will kindle mine;
Let but this calm endure,
Then all my heart is Thine.

Alas, I knew it not!
The summer flung its gold
Of sunshine o’er my lot,
And yet my heart was cold.

Trust me with prosperous days,
I said, O spare the rod;
Thee and Thy love I’ll praise,
My gracious, patient God.

Must I be smitten, Lord?
Are gentler measures vain?
Must I be smitten, Lord?
Can nothing save but pain?

Thou trusted me a while;
Alas! I was deceived;
I reveled in the smile,
Yet to the dust I cleaved.

Then fierce the tempest broke,
I knew from whom it came;
I read in that sharp stroke
A Fa­ther’s hand and name.

And yet I did Thee wrong;
Dark thoughts of Thee came in—
A froward, selfish throng—
And I allowed the sin!

I did Thee wrong, my God,
I wronged Thy truth and love;
I fretted at the rod,
Against Thy power I strove.

I said, my God, at length,
This stony heart remove;
Deny all other strength,
But give me strength to love.

Come nearer, nearer still,
Let not Thy light depart;
Bend, break this stubborn will,
Dissolve this iron heart.

Less wayward let me be,
More pliable and mild,
In glad simplicity
More like a trustful child.

Less, less of self each day,
And more, my God, of Thee;
O keep me in the way,
However rough it be.

Less of the flesh each day,
Less of the world and sin;
More of Thy Son, I pray,
More of Thy­self within.

Riper and riper now,
Each hour let me become,
Less fit for scenes below,
More fit for such a home.

More molded to Thy will,
Lord, let Thy servant be,
Higher and higher still,
Liker and liker Thee.

Leave naught that is unmeet;
Of all that is mine own;
Strip me, and so complete
My training for the throne.