"Brief Life Is Here Our Portion"
                      by Bernard of Morlas, 12th century
                    Translated by John M. Neale, 1818-1866
                                  Text From:
                              THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
                 (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)

        1. Brief life is here our portion;
        Brief sorrow, short-lived care.
        The life that knows no ending,
        The tearless life, is there.
        O happy retribution:
        Short toil, eternal rest;
        For mortals and for sinners
        A mansion with the blest!

        2. And now we fight the battle,
        But then shall wear the crown
        Of full and everlasting
        And passionless renown;
        And now we watch and struggle,
        And now we live in hope,
        And Zion in her anguish
        With Babylon must cope.

        3. But He whom now we trust in
        Shall then be seen and known;
        And they that know and see Him
        Shall have Him for their own.
        And there is David's fountain
        And life in fullest glow;
        And there the light is golden,
        And milk and honey flow.

        4. The morning shall awaken,
        And shadows shall decay,
        And each true-hearted servant
        Shall shine as doth the day.
        There God, our King and Portion,
        In fulness of His grace
        Shall we behold forever
        And worship face to face.

        5. O sweet and blessed country,
        The home of God's elect!
        O sweet and blessed country
        That eager hearts expect!
        Jesus, in mercy bring us
        To that dear land of rest,
        Who art, with God the Father
        And Spirit, ever blest.

Notes: Hymn #448 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: Hebrews 13:14 Author: Bernard of Morlas, c. 1145, cento Translated by: John M. Neale, 1858 Titled: "Hic breve vivitur" Composer: Alexander Ewing, 1853 Tune: "Ewing"
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