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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IV. The Higher Life.  1904.
 
VII. Death: Immortality: Heaven
Paradise
Frederick William Faber (1814–1863)
 
O PARADISE, O Paradise,
  Who doth not crave for rest,
Who would not seek the happy land
  Where they that loved are blest?
    Where loyal hearts and true        5
      Stand ever in the light,
    All rapture through and through,
      In God’s most holy sight.
 
O Paradise, O Paradise,
  The world is growing old;        10
Who would not be at rest and free
  Where love is never cold?
    Where loyal hearts and true
      Stand ever in the light,
    All rapture through and through,        15
      In God’s most holy sight.
 
O Paradise, O Paradise,
  Wherefore doth death delay?—
Bright death, that is the welcome dawn
  Of our eternal day;        20
    Where loyal hearts and true
      Stand ever in the light,
    All rapture through and through,
      In God’s most holy sight.
 
O Paradise, O Paradise,        25
  ’T is weary waiting here;
I long to be where Jesus is,
  To feel, to see him near;
    Where loyal hearts and true
      Stand ever in the light,        30
    All rapture through and through,
      In God’s most holy sight.
 
O Paradise, O Paradise,
  I want to sin no more,
I want to be as pure on earth        35
  As on thy spotless shore;
    Where loyal hearts and true
      Stand ever in the light,
    All rapture through and through,
      In God’s most holy sight.        40
 
O Paradise, O Paradise,
  I greatly long to see
The special place my dearest Lord
  Is destining for me;
    Where loyal hearts and true        45
      Stand ever in the light,
    All rapture through and through,
      In God’s most holy sight.
 
O Paradise, O Paradise,
  I feel ’t will not be long;        50
Patience! I almost think I hear
  Faint fragments of thy song;
    Where loyal hearts and true
      Stand ever in the light,
    All rapture through and through,        55
      In God’s most holy sight.
 
 
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