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Citizens of Heaven

C. P. C.

I Cor. xv. 47, 48

Who are these whose faces are irradiate

With eternal joy?

With the calm the tempest may not trouble

Nor the grave destroy?

Glad as those who hear a glorious singing

From the golden street,

Moving to the measure of the music

That is passing sweet.

They have been within the inner chamber

None can tread beside,

Where the Bridegroom radiant in His glory

Waiteth for the Bride.

He has shown them in those many mansions

How to Him is given

That high palace of surpassing beauty,

Holiest in Heaven.

There it is that they behold His radiance,

There His love they know,

Therefore theirs is God's eternal gladness

Whilst they walk below.

Therefore tread they in Earth's darkest places,

Through all grief and sin,

For they know the home that waits the weary,

Know the love within.

Therefore sad and strange to them the splendours

Of the world must be,

“O forgotten and rejected Jesus,

We have looked on Thee!

“We have seen Thee in the Father's glory,

Shared the Father's kiss;

Strange henceforward to the world our sadness,

Stranger yet our bliss.

“Sadness for the eyes that cannot see Thee,

Whom to see is Heaven;

Bliss that flows mysterious as the River

When the Rock was riven.

“Oh might some sweet song Thy lips have taught us,

Some glad song and sweet,

Guide amidst the mists and through the darkness

Lost ones to Thy feet.

“Not our joy, but Thy Divine rejoicing

Fills that palace fair,

For the wonder past our heart's conceiving

Is the welcome there.”

Is it strange that from the golden chamber,

From the secret place,

Come they forth with everlasting radiance

Of His glorious Face?

Telling mysteries that to babes are simple,

Hidden from the wise,

Fragrant with the odours of the lilies

Of God's Paradise?

Changed—transformed; for ever and for ever;

Thine alone to be;

Knowing none on earth, O Lord, beside Thee,

None in Heaven but Thee.

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