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And does my parting hour draw nigh - Rejoicing in Hope
(Charlotte Elliott/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

Rejoicing in Hope.

1. And does my parting hour draw nigh,
  and is the horizon veiled in gloom,
still I look up – and smiling say,
  "Soon, soon, the Lord will come."

2. Faint not, my soul! though toils and pains
  oppress thee now (the captive's doom),
soon thou wilt cast away thy chains,
  soon, soon, the Lord will come.

3. Let not my eyes with tears be dim,
  let joy their upward glance illume;
look up, and watch, and wait for him –
  soon, soon, the Lord will come.

4. Soon will that star-paved milky way,
  soon will the beauteous azure dome,
glories, ne'er yet conceived, display –
  soon, soon, the Lord will come.

5. Changed in the twinkling of an eye,
  invested with immortal bloom,
I shall behold him throned on high,
  and sing, "The Lord is come!"

6. One beam from his all-glorious face
  these mortal garments will consume,
each sinful blemish will efface –
  Lord Jesus, quickly come!

7. What will it be with thee to dwell,
  thyself my everlasting home!
Oh bliss – oh joy ineffable!
  Lord Jesus, quickly come!

Charlotte Elliott, Selections from the Poems of Charlotte Elliott, 84-85.

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