Who but Thou, almighty Spirit,
Can the heathen world reclaim!
Men may preach, but till Thou favor,
Heathens will be still the same:
Witness to the Savior’s name.
Thou hast promised by Thy prophets
Glorious light in latter days:
Come, and bless bewildered nations,
Change our prayers and tears to praise;
Round the world diffuse Thy rays.
All our hopes, and prayers, and laborsAuthor Unknown
Must be vain without Thine aid:
But Thou wilt not disappoint us,
All is true that Thou hast said:
O’er the world Thine influence shed.
Copied from my grandmother’s hymnal, Hymn Book, Methodist Episcopal Church, South: Nashville, TN, 1901, Hymn #657.
Note: The hymns in this hymnal are not titled. So when I do not know the hymn, I make up a title or simply use the first line.
Photo taken in Milton, FL, 2018