Well done, good and faithful servant.@Matthew 25:23

W. Lomax Childress, 1898.

Ephraim T. Hildebrand (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Ephraim T. Hildebrand (1866-1931)

When the lamp of faith has lighted bright
The traveler to his goal,
And it falls upon the river,
And the waves begin to roll,
Lo, beyond the Jordan billows
Are the bright eternal strands;
What a glory in the welcome,
And the clasping of the hands!

Refrain

What a glory in the welcome, in the welcome,
And the clasping of the hands, of the hands,
And the welcome, of the Father,
In the sinless summer-lands, summer-lands;
What a glory in the kingdom,
When the toil of life is o’er!
What a glory of the righteous,
On the bright eternal shore!

All the loved of life shall meet us,
Who have gone the way before,
And the mother’s song shall greet us,
There upon the other shore,
And the sister and the brother,
There among the angel bands,
And the little child that left us,
Sweet the clasping of the hands!

Refrain

Oh, the hour is drawing nearer
To the day of peace and rest,
When the ship of God shall anchor
In the harbor of the blest,
And the good of all the ages
Meet us on the golden sands;
Oh, the glory of the Father,
And the clasping of the hands!

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