"When He [Jesus] was come near, He beheld the city, and wept over it, saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! But now they are hid from thine eyes.... because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation" (Luke 19:41-44).
When Jesus Christ beheld the city,
Like lost and wandering sheep,
It moved His heart with touching pity,
And He began to weep.
Yes, this was old Jerusalem
That sought for the decease
Of God the Son, who wept for them,
And came to bring them peace!
We see how great the contrast is
Of Christ thus moved to cry
With hearts so cold, compared to His,
And eyes that are so dry.
Lord, we need the fruit of love
Your Spirit will provide,
With weeping that is like that of
Your pity when You died.
Teach us as we pray and preach
Wherever You will send,
To weep for souls that You would reach
With love that You extend.