Like as a Mother Comforteth

"Like as a mother comforteth"
O words of gentle worth!
"So will I comfort you," declares
The Lord of all the earth.

He bends in faithful watchfulness;
He slumbers not nor sleeps;
Above His trusting child the Lord
A constant vigil keeps.

He patient is, as mothers are
Who love their children well;
Our faults and failings He forgives;
His mercies—who can tell!

"Like as a mother," grant, O God,
This likeness e'er may be
A holy symbol to declare
The love that dwells in Thee.