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E'en now by faith we join our hands
With those who went before,
On the eternal shore.
The place of thy abode:
Up to thy seat, my God!
And 'tis a pleasing sight; But to abide in thy embrace
Is infinite delight.
To gaze upon thy throne;
In shining ranks they move;
With wonder and with love.
The adoring armies fall;
Before the eternal All.
In duty and in bliss;
And vanity confess. 174.
[s. B. 240.] L. M.
2 There, low before his glorious throne,
Adoring saints and angels fall;
His smile their bliss, their heav'n, their all. 3 Immortal glories crown his head,
While tuneful hallelujahs rise;
Through all the assemblies of the skies. 4 There all the favourites of the Lamb
Shall join at last the heavenly choir:
Awake our faith and warm desire! 5 Dear Saviour, let thy Spirit seal
Our interest in that blissful place;
[s. B. 241.] L. M.
The reach of these inferior things. 2 Beyond, beyond this lower sky,
Up where eternal ages roll;
And fruits immortal feast the soul. 3 O for a sight, a pleasing sight
Of our almighty Father's throne!
Clothed in a body like our own.
And thrones and powers before him fall; The God shines gracious through the man,
And sheds sweet glories on them all. 5 O what amazing joys they feel,
While to their golden harps they sing,
And sit on every heavenly hill,
And spread the triumphs of our King! 6 When shall the day, dear Lord, appear,
That I shall mount to dwell above;
[s. B. 243.] 4 lines 8 & 2-6.
Who chant thy praise above!
And sing the song of love.
And drink the floating joys!
At Jesus' glorious voice!
And while on him we gaze,
ear, And silence speaks his praise. 4 O might I die that awe to prove, That prostrate awe which dares not move
Before the great Three-One!
In songs around the throne ! 177.
[s. B. 245.] C. M. O WHAT has Jesus bought for me!'
Before my ravish'd eyes,
Rivers of life divine I see,
And trees of Paradise:
Who reap the pleasures there;
And conquering palms they bear. 3 Adorn'd by their Redeemer's grace,
They close pursue the Lamb;
The unutterable Name.
If, Lord, thou count me meet
And worship at thy feet!
Take life or friends away;
In that eternal day. 178.
[s. B. 246.] C. M.
And cast a wishful eye,
Where my possessions lie.
That rises to my sight!
And rivers of delight.
On trees immortal grow :
With milk and honey flow.
Shines one eternal day;
And scatters night away.
5 No chilling winds, or poisonous breath,
Can reach that healthful shore;
Are felt and fear'd no more.
And be for ever bless'd ?
And in his bosom rest?
Can here no longer stay:
Fearless I'd launch away. 179.
[s. B. 250.] 7 & 6. Rise, my soul, and stretch thy wings,
Thy better portion trace;
Towards heaven, thy native place:
To seats prepared above.
Nor stay in all their course :
Both speed them to their source:
To rest in his embrace.
Press onward to the prize;
Triumphant in the skies:
And earth exchanged for heaven.