Scripture Verse

Everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away. Isaiah 51:11


Words: Ir­ville I. Les­lie, in Gos­pel in Song, by Fran­cis Black­mer (Spring­field, Mas­sa­chu­setts: F. A. Black­mer, 1884), num­ber 57.

Music: Re­pose (Black­mer) Fran­cis A. Black­mer, 1884 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Les­lie or Black­mer (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


After the storm that sweeps the sea;
After the drifting to the lea;
After the rocks and sands are passed,
Cometh the joy of home at last.


After all that here we see,
What will there be, what will there be?
After all that here we see,
After all—Eternity!

After the winter long and drear,
After the snow clouds disappear,
After the winds sweet odors bring,
Cometh the everlasting spring.


After the long and toilsome day,
After the sun’s fierce, burning ray,
After the toiler homeward goes,
Cometh the night, and sweet repose.


After the course of life is run,
After its work has all been done,
After the hands are on the breast,
Cometh the long and peaceful rest.


After the march of time shall cease,
After earth-strife shall end in peace,
After the changeful disappears,
Cometh the long eternal years.