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Hymn score of: From earth retiring - Almost home (Horatius Bonar/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

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From earth retiring - Almost home
(Horatius Bonar/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

Almost home.

1. From earth retiring,
heavenward aspiring,
    all my long day's work below now done;
calmly reclining,
all unrepining,
    Jesus, let me lean on thy love alone.

2. On love relying,
thy love undying,
    not a shade can fall upon my soul;
here am I resting,
the joy foretasting
    of the life beyond this life's dark goal.

3. Thine arms embracing,
each shadow chasing,
    chains of flesh now cease my soul to hold;
pilgrim staff breaking,
royal badge taking,
    earth's torn raiment all exchanged for gold.

4. No more low caring,
no more wayfaring;
    these soiled sandals loosed and flung away.
Done with the soiling,
done with the toiling,
    all my burdens lay I down for aye.

5. Ended the jarring,
past all the warring,
    quit I gladly life's rude war-array.
Victory crying,
enemies flying,
    thus my armour put I off for aye.

6. Pains yet assails me,
strength ofttimes fails me,
    yet my weakness is my strength and rest;
light o'er me stealing,
softly revealing
    scenes of glory up amongst the blessed.

7. Head no more sinking,
eyes no more shrinking
    from the world's gay glitter here below;
life's cup just draining,
time's star fast waning:
    Christ, receive my soul! To thee I go.

8. Earth is retreating,
heaven is me greeting,
    hope is lighting up new scenes above;
tranquilly lying,
peacefully dying,
    Jesus beckons upward to his love.

Horatius Bonar, Hymns of Faith and Hope III, 1878, 54-56.
(7,6 originally: "Christ Jesus, receive my soul! To thee I go.")

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