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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
The Christian’s “Good-night” (“Sleep on, beloved”)
By Sarah Doudney (1841–1926)
 
          The early Christians were accustomed to bid their dying friends “Good-night,” so sure were they of their awaking at the Resurrection Morning.

SLEEP on, beloved, sleep on and take thy rest,
Lay down thy head upon thy Saviour’s breast;
We love thee well, but Jesus loves thee best;—
                        Good-night!
 
Calm is thy slumber as an infant’s sleep;        5
But thou shalt wake no more to toil and weep;
Thine is a perfect rest, secure and deep;—
                        Good-night!
 
Until the shadow from this earth is cast,
Until He gathers in His sheaves at last,        10
Until the Lenten gloom is overpast;—
                        Good-night!
 
Until the Easter glory lights the skies,
Until the dead in Jesus shall arise,
And He shall come—but not in lowly guise;—        15
                        Good-night!
 
Until, made beautiful by love divine,
Thou, in the likeness of Thy Lord, shalt shine,
And He shall bring that golden crown of thine;—
                        Good-night!        20
 
Only “Good-night,” beloved, not “Farewell”!
A little while, and all His saints shall dwell
In hallowed union, indivisible;—
                        Good-night!
 
Until we meet again before His throne,        25
Clothed in the spotless robe He gives His own;
Until we know, even as we are known;—
                        Good-night!
 
 
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