There is no new thing under the sun.@Ecclesiastes 1:9

R. Horatio Hardin, in Songs of Love and Praise No. 4, by John Sweney & Henry L. Gilmour (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: John J. Hood, 1897).

John R. Sweney (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John R. Sweney (1837-1899)

Tho’ rough may be thy path, and long,
Remember! that with grief as sore,
And burdens larger far than thine,
Some heart has gone this way before.

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Trust then in Christ! His arm will guide
Each faithful one thro’ Jordan’s tide;
Hope on! the race will soon be past
And victory will come at last.

Tho’ dark may be the gath’ring night;
Tho’ loud and long the storm may roar;
Take courage! thou art not the first,
Some heart has gone this way before.

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Some heart has gone this way before,
Some feet have scaled this dizzy height;
Some yearning eyes have pierced the gloom,
And seen the dawn of Heaven’s light.

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So thou, dear pilgrim, too, canst go;
Some day thy trials will be o’er;
For unto rest and peace beyond,
Some heart has gone this way before.

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