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Joys To Come

( Originally Published 1868 )



FROM THE GERMAN OF H. C. VON SCHWEINIZZ.

WILL not that joyful be,
When we walk by faith no more,
When the Lord we loved before
As Brother-man we see ;
When he welcomes us above,
When we share his smile of love,
Will not that joyful be?

Will not that joyful be,
When to meet us rise and come
All our buried treasures home,
A gladsome company !
When our arms embrace again
Those we mourned so long in vain,

Will not that joyful be?
Will not that joyful be,
When the foes we dread to meet,
Every one beneath our feet
We tread triumphantly !
When we never more can know
Slightest touch of pain or woe,
Will not that joyful be?

Will not that joyful be,
When we hear what none can tell
And the ringing chorus swell
Of angels' melody !
When we join their songs of praise,
Hallelujahs with them raise,
Will not that joyful be?

Yes ! that will joyful be,
Let the world her gifts recall,
There is bitterness in all,
Her joys are vanity !
Courage, dear ones of my heart !
Though it grieves us here to parts
There we will joyful be !



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