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   Hymns of the Christian Church.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Modern Hymns
The Future Peace and Glory of the Church
William Cowper (1731–1800)
HEAR what God, the Lord, hath spoken:
  O my people, faint and few,
Comfortless, afflicted, broken,
  Fair abodes I build for you.
Thorns of heart-felt tribulation        5
  Shall no more perplex your ways:
You shall name your walls Salvation,
  And your gates shall all be Praise.
There, like streams that feed the garden,
  Pleasures without end shall flow;        10
For the Lord, your faith rewarding,
  All his bounty shall bestow;
Still in undisturbed possession
  Peace and righteousness shall reign;
Never shall you feel oppression,        15
  Hear the voice of war again.
Ye no more your suns descending,
  Waning moons no more shall see;
But your griefs, forever ending,
  Find eternal noon in me.        20
God shall rise, and, shining o’er you,
  Change to day the gloom of night;
He, the Lord, shall be your glory,
  God your everlasting light.


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