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69. Brief life is here our portion D

St. Alphege:

Henry J. Gauntlett, 1852

Latin; St. Bernard of Cluny, 1145;

Tr. John Mason Neale, 1858

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!

There grief is turned to pleasure;

Such pleasure as below

No human voice can utter,

No human heart can know;

And after fleshly weakness,

And after this world's night,

And after storm and whirlwind,

Are calm, and joy, and light.

And now we fight the battle,

But then shall wear the crown

Of full and everlasting

And passionless renown;

And 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 now we watch and struggle,

And now we live in hope,

And Sion in her anguish

With Babylon must cope;

But there is David's fountain,

And life in fullest glow;

And there the light is golden,

And milk and honey flow.

The morning shall awaken,

The shadows flee away,

And each true-hearted servant

Shall shine as doth the day;

For God our King and Portion,

In fullness of his grace,

We then shall see for ever,

And worship face to face.

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.


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