How Long, O Lord Most Holy and True


How Long, O Lord Most Holy and True


1. How long, O Lord most holy and true,

Shall shadowed hope our joy delay?

Our hearts confess, our souls believe

Thy truth, thy truth, thy light, thy will, thy way!

2. Thy truth has made our prison bright;

Thy light has dimmed the dying past.

We bend beneath thy loving will

And seek thy onward, onward path at last.

3. Eternal Father, gentle Judge!

Speed on the day, redemption’s hour.

Set up thy kingdom; from thy house

Unlock for us, for us the prison tow’r.

4. From grim confusion’s awful depth

The wail of hosts, faith’s urgent plea:

Release our anguished, weary souls;

Swing wide, swing wide the gates, and set us free!

Text: John A. Widtsoe, 1872–1952

Music: B. Cecil Gates, 1887–1941

Isaiah 61:1–2

Doctrine and Covenants 138:11–19, 50–51