We May Not Climb the Heavenly Steeps

Melody - "Serenity," Uzziah Christopher Burnap, 1856

John Greenleaf Whittier, 1807-1892

We may not climb the heavenly steeps
To bring the Lord Christ down;
In vain we search the lowest deeps,
For Him no depths can drown.

2. But warm, sweet, tender, even yet
A present help is He;
And faith has still its Olivet,
And love its Galilee.

3. The healing of the seamless dress
Is by our beds of pain;
We touch Him in life's throng and press,
And we are whole again.

4. Through him the first fond prayers are said
Our lips of childhood frame;
The last low whispers of our dead
Are burdened with His Name.

5. O Lord and Master of us all,
Whate'er our name or sign,
We own Thy sway, we hear Thy call,
We test our lives by Thine!


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