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Thou knowest, Lord, the weariness and sorrow

1. Thou knowest, Lord,
the weariness and sorrow
Of the sad heart that
comes to thee for rest;
Cares of to-day,
and burdens for to-morrow,
Blessings implored,
and sins to be confessed;
We come before thee
at thy gracious word,
And lay them at thy feet:
Thou knowest, Lord.

2. Thou knowest all the past;
how long and blindly
On the dark mountains
the lost wanderer strayed
How the good Shepherd followed,
and how kindly
He bore it home,
upon his shoulders laid;
And healed the bleeding wounds,
and soothed the pain,
And brought back life,
and hope, and strength again.

3. Thou knowest all the present,
each temptation,
Each toilsome duty,
each foreboding fear;
All to each one
assigned of tribulation,
Or to beloved ones
than self more dear;
All pensive memories,
as we journey on,
Longings for vanished smiles,
and voices gone.

4. Thou knowest all the future;
gleams of gladness
By stormy clouds
too quickly overcast;
Hours of sweet fellowship
and parting sadness,
And the dark river to
be crossed at last.
O what could hope
and confidence afford
To tread that path, but this,
Thou knowest, Lord?

5. Thou knowest, not alone
as God, all knowing;
As man, our mortal weakness
thou hast proved;
On earth with purest sympathies
O Saviour, thou hast wept,
and thou hast loved;
And love and sorrow
still to thee may come,
And find a hiding-place,
a rest, a home.

6. Therefore we come,
thy gentle call obeying,
And lay our sins
and sorrows at thy feet;
On everlasting strength
our weakness staying,
Clothed in thy robe
of righteousness complete;
Then rising and refreshed
we leave thy throne
And follow on to know
as we are known.

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