At Even, Ere The Sun Was Set

Last week I read these words. I remembered the old hymn…

At even, ere the sun was set,
The sick, O Lord, around thee lay;
O in what divers pains they met!
O with what joy they went away!

Once more ‘tis eventide, and we
Oppressed with various ills draw near;
What if thy form we cannot see?
We know and feel that thou art here.

O Saviour Christ, our woes dispel;
For some are sick, and some are sad,
And some have never loved Thee well.
And some have lost the love they had;

And some are pressed with worldly care
And some are tried with sinful doubt;
And some such grievous passions tear,
That only Thou canst cast them out.

And some have found the world is vain,
Yet from the world they break not free;
And some have friends who give them pain,
Yet have not sought a friend in Thee;

And none, O Lord, have perfect rest,
For none are wholly free from sin;
And they who fain would serve thee best
Are conscious most of wrong within.

O Saviour Christ, thou too art man;
Thou hast been troubled, tempted, tried;
Thy kind but searching glance can scan
The very wounds that shame would hide.

Thy touch has still its ancient power;
No word from Thee can fruitless fall:
Hear, in this solemn evening hour,
And in thy mercy heal us all.

It was written by Harry Twells, a Church of England clergyman and Headmaster, whilst invigilating an examination one evening in 1868…

It’s a beautiful poem that starts with the picture of people bringing the sick and needy to Jesus one evening. He then imagines… bringing those he knows with needs to Jesus. 1868 needs are remarkably similar to 2022… sickness, sadness, pain, anxiety, friendlessness, guilt…

Harry Twells remembers Jesus, the man who understands human trouble and suffering, then and now. By faith he prays: ‘In thy mercy heal us all.’ I join him.

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