Beyond

BEYOND

BEYOND the smiling and the weeping,
I shall be soon;
Beyond the waking and the sleeping,
Beyond the sowing and the reaping,
I shall be soon.
Love, rest, and home,
Sweet hope!
Lord, tarry not, but come.”

Beyond the blooming and the fading,
I shall be soon;
Beyond the shining and the shading,
Beyond the hoping and the dreading,
I shall be soon.
Love, rest, and home,
Sweet hope!
Lord, tarry not, but come.

Beyond the rising and the setting,
I shall be soon;
Beyond the soothing and the fretting,
Beyond remembering and forgetting,
I shall be soon.
Love, rest, and home,
Sweet hope!
Lord, tarry not, but come.

Beyond the gathering and the strawing,
I shall be soon;
Beyond the ebbing and the flowing,
Beyond the coming and the going,
I shall be soon.
Love, rest, and home,
Sweet hope!
Lord, tarry not, but come!

Beyond the parting and the meeting,
I shall be soon;
Beyond the farewell and the greeting,
Hearts fainting now, and now high beating,
I shall be soon.
Love, rest, and home,
Sweet hope!
Lord, tarry not, but come.

H. Bonar.

Horatius Bonar and Charlotte Murray, Songs of the Dawn, (London; New York: James E. Hawkins; E. P. Dutton & Co., 1887), 4.

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