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IMMORTAL JOYS




How long shall earth’s alluring toys
Detain our hearts and eyes,
Regardless of immortal joys,
And strangers to the skies?


These transient scenes will soon decay;
They fade upon the sight:
And quickly will their brightest day
Be lost in endless night.


Their brightest day, alas, how vain!
With conscious sighs we own;
While clouds of sorrow, care, and pain,
O'ershade the smiling noon.


O could our thoughts and wishes fly
Above those gloomy shades,
To those bright worlds beyond the sky,
Which sorrow ne’er invades!


There joys, unseen by mortal eyes
Or reason’s feeble ray,
In ever-blooming prospect rise,
Unconscious of decay.


Lord, send a beam of light divine,
To guide our upward aim;
With one reviving ray of thine
Our languid hearts inflame.


Then shall on faith’s sublimest wing
Our ardent wishes rise,
To those bright scenes, where pleasures spring
Immortal in the skies.


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O could our thoughts and wishes fly
Above earth’s gloomy shades,
To those bright worlds beyond the sky,
Which sorrow ne’er invades!

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates:
      Bible Refs: 2 Co 4:18;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1851# 470
      1826# 197
      MUSIC
      Name: RICHMOND
      Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1792
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