O Lord, how long will this vile world

              Reject your endless grace?

How long will they reject the light

              While darkness they embrace?

O Lord, how long will Satan rule

              And keep his prisons fast?

How long till in his prison cell

              The devil will be cast?

O Lord, how long will flesh and blood

              Think of himself as good?

How long will he reject the cross,

              Nor go there as he should?

O Lord, how long till you return

              And wrongs are then made right?

How long till crooked ways are straight

              And lies are brought to light?

O Lord, how long till by your side

              I dwell and never roam?

How long until you come again

              To take your people home?

Ezra Brainard, May 22. 2009

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