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A few more years shall roll,
A few more seasons come;
And we shall be with those that rest,
Asleep within the tomb.
A few more storms shall beat
On this wild rocky shore;
And we shall be where tempests cease,
And surges swell no more.
A few more struggles here,
A few more partings o'er,
A few more toils, a few more tears,
And we shall weep no more.
Then, O my Lord, prepare
My soul for that blest day;
Oh, wash me in Thy precious blood,
And take my sins away.
- [Old Year]
Beyond the smiling and the weeping,
I shall be soon;
Beyond the waking and the sleeping,
Beyond the sowing and the reaping,
I shall be soon!
Love, rest, and home--
Sweet hope! Lord, tarry not, but come!
In the day of prosperity we have many refuges to resort to; in the day of adversity only one.
Less, less of self each day,
And more, my God, of Thee!
The gospel comes to the sinner at once with nothing short of complete forgiveness as the starting-point of all his efforts to be holy. It does not say, "Go and sin no more, and I will not condemn thee." It says at once, "Neither do I condemn thee: go and sin no more."
Up, then, with speed, and work;
Fling ease and self away--
This is no time for thee to sleep--
Up, watch, and work, and pray!
Yes, He is ris'n who is the First and Last;
Who was and is; who liveth and was dead;
Beyond the reach of death He now has pass 'd,
Of the one glorious Church the glorious Head.
Beyond the shining and the shading
I shall be soon.
Beyond the hoping and the dreading
I shall be soon.
Love, rest and home--
Lord! tarry not, but come.
- Beyond the Smiling and the Weeping [Death]
Think truly, and thy thoughts
Shall the world's famine feed.
Speak truly, and each word of thine
Shall be a fruitful seed.
Live truly, and thy life shall be
A great and noble creed.
- Hymns of Faith and Hope (p. 113),
(ed. 1813) [Truth]