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The Paradise of God

T. P.

Gen. ii. 18; Eph. v. 32

In the Paradise of glory

Is the Man Divine;

There my heart, O God, is tasting

Fellowship with Thine.

Called to share Thy joy unmeasured,

Now is heaven begun;

I rejoice with Thee, O Father,

In Thy glorious Son.

Where the heart of God is resting,

I have found my rest;

Christ who found me in the desert,

Laid me on His breast.

There in deep unhindered fulness

Doth my joy flow free—

On through everlasting ages,

Lord, beholding Thee.

Round me is creation groaning,

Death, and sin, and care;

But there is a rest remaning,

And my Lord is there.

There I find a blessed stillness

In His courts of love;

All below but strife and darkness,

Cloudless peace above.

'Tis a solitary pathway

To that fair retreat—

Where in deep and sweet communion

Sit I at His feet.

In that glorious isolation,

Loneliness how blest,

From the windy storm and tempest

Have I found my rest.

Learning from Thy lips for ever

All the Father's heart,

Thou hast, in that joy eternal,

Chosen me my part.

There, where Jesus, Jesus only,

Fills each heart and tongue,

Where Himself is all the radiance

And Himself the song.

Here, who follows Him the nearest,

Needs must walk alone;

There like many seas the chorus,

Praise surrounds the throne.

Here a dark and silent pathway;

In those courts so fair

Countless hosts, yet each beholding

Jesus only, there.

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