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All gone, all gone! for this life gone - All gone
(Charlotte Elliott/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

All gone.

1. All gone, all gone! for this life gone,
  my days of health and strength;
wearied and worthless, glad were I
  to welcome home at length:
and yet I'm happier far in truth
than e'er I was in buoyant youth;
  for JESUS, thou art more to me
  than health and strength and youth could be.

2. All gone, all gone! for this life gone
  dear hopes most fondly nursed, –
they glittered long around my path,
  till each bright bubble burst:
I wept! but oh, the blessed despair
has led me heaven's own joys to share;
  for JESUS, thou art more to me
  than hope's wild dreams fulfilled would be.

3. All gone, all gone! for this life gone
  the heart's elastic spring;
of vigour stripped, I shrink aside,
  a crushed and useless thing:
yes! this is gone, for thus I prove
far more his patient, pitying love;
  and sweeter, safer this to me
  than self-reliant strength could be.

4. And going fast, while most are gone,
  loved friends of early days;
the world grows poorer year by year, –
  I lose, but not replace;
'tis well, I'm cast the more on One –
stars scarce are missed while shines the sun –
  and JESUS, thou art more to me
  than loved and loving hearts could be.

5. What grace! with thanks I kiss the hand
  that gently stripped me bare;
and laid me on thy tender breast
  to lose my sorrows there:
'twas bitter when earth's cup was spilled,
but now with thee 'tis over-filled;
  and thou, LORD, hast been more to me,
  than all earth's brimming cups could be.

6. What grace! to show to one so vile
  thy more than mother's care –
and lead, through wreck of earth's poor joys,
  thy joys with thee to share;
what grace! that thou to such hast given,
the foretaste now of feast in heaven;
  a foretaste even now to me
  more than a thousand worlds could be.

Charlotte Elliott, Leaves from the Unpublished Journals, Letters, and Poems of Charlotte Elliott, 192-194.

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