To those who love the Lord I speak;
Is my Beloved near?
The Bridegroom of my soul I seek,
Oh! when will he appear?
Though once a man of grief and shame,
Yet now he fills a throne,
And bears the greatest, sweetest name,
That earth or heaven have known.
Grace flies before, and love attends
His steps wheree'er he goes;
Though none can see Him but His friends,
And they were once his foes.
He speaks;--obedient to His call
Our warm affections move:
Did He but shine alike on all,
Then all alike would love.
Then love in every heart would reign,
And war would cease to roar;
And cruel and bloodthirsty men
Would thirst for blood no more.
Such Jesus is, and such His grace;
Oh, may He shine on you!
And tell him, when you see His face,
I long to see Him, too.
- William Cowper poemhunter.com
This is another favorite of mine. What a wonderful picture of Christ.
The Hymn "Be Still My Soul" was written as a poem based on Psalm 46:10, it was later put to music.
Be still, my soul: the hour is has-t'ning on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When dissappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul, when best, thy heav'n-ly Friend
Thro' stoney ways leads to a joy-ful end.
-Katharina von Schlegel c. 1725
Put to the music of Jean Sibeluis' Finlandia (about 175 years later)