Scripture Verse

Strangers and pilgrims on the earth. Hebrews 11:13

Introduction

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Samuel S. Wesley
1810–1876

Words: Hen­ry F. Lyte, The Spi­rit of the Psalms 1834.

Music: Ash­Bur­ton (Wes­ley) Sam­uel S. Wes­ley, in A Se­lec­tion of Psalms and Hymns, by Charles Kem­ble (Lon­don: John F. Shaw, 1864), page 57 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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Henry F. Lyte
1793–1847

Lyrics

Pilgrims here on earth and strangers,
’Neath a weary load we bend:
O how sweet, ’mid toils and dangers,
Still to have a heavenly friend!
Christ has suffered,
And to sufferers grace will send.

By as deadly foes assaulted,
By as strong temptations tried,
Still His footsteps ne­ver halted,
On from strength to strength He hied.
What could move Him,
With Je­ho­vah at His side?

To the shameful cross they nailed Him,
And that cross became His throne:
In the tomb they laid and sealed Him;
Lo, the Godhead bursts the stone,
And, ascending,
Claims all empire as His own.

Savior, from Thy heavenly glories
Here an eye of mercy cast;
Make our pathway plain before us,
Smooth the wave, and still the blast.
Thou hast helped us;
Bear us safely home at last.