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Brief life is here our portion Brief




PART I. Brief life is here our portion


O happy retribution!
Short toil, eternal rest:
For mortals and for sinners
A mansion with the blest.


And now we fight the battle.
But then shall wear the crown
Of full and everlasting
And passionless renown;


And now we watch and struggle.
And now we live in hope.
And Sion in her anguish
With Babylon must cope ;


But 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.


The morning shall awaken.
The shadows shall, decay.
And each true-hearted servant
Shall shine as doth the day;


There God, our King and Portion,
In fulness of His Grace,
Shall we behold for ever.
And worship face to face.


PART II. For thee, O dear, dear country


The mention of thy glory
Is unction to the breast.
And medicine in sickness.
And love, and life, and rest.


O one, O only Mansion!
O Paradise of Joy!
Where tears are ever banished.
And smiles have no alloy;


The Lamb is all thy splendour;
The Crucified thy praise;
His laud and benediction
Thy ransomed people raise.


With jasper glow thy bulwarks.
Thy streets with emeralds blaze.
The sardius and the topaz
Unite in thee their rays;


Thine ageless walls are bonded
With amethyst unpriced;
The saints build up its fabric.
And the corner-stone is Christ.


Thou hast no shore, fair ocean!
Thou hast no time, bright day!
Dear fountain of refreshment
To pilgrims far away!


Upon the Rock of Ages
They raise thy holy tower;
Thine is the victor's laurel.
And thine the golden dower.


PART III. Jerusalem the golden


I know not, oh! know not
What joys await us there;
What radiancy of glory.
What bliss beyond compare.


They stand, those halls of Sion,
All jubilant with song.
And bright with many an angel.
And all the martyr throng:


The Prince is ever in them.
The daylight is serene;
The pastures of the blessed
Are decked in glorious sheen.


There is the throne of David;
And there, from care released.
The shout of them that triumph.
The song of them that feast;


And they, who with their Leader
Have conquered in the fight.
For ever and for ever
Are clad in robes of white.

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LYRICS
Meter: 7 6 7 6
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: c.1145,1851
      Bible Refs: Heb 13:14;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1874# 142
      MUSIC
      Name: ST. ALPHEGE
      Meter: 7 6 7 6
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1852
        SCORE PREVIEW
        score
        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
        Name meter
        7 6 7 6
        7 6 7 6
        7 6 7 6
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