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IN CŒLO QUIES
Departed saints my thoughts employ;
Before the throne of God they stand,
And high delight and holy joy
Their raptur'd faculties expand;
And whilst they mingle with the blest,
Sweetly respond - 'In Heaven there's rest.'
But 'twas not rest while here below,
'Twas sleepless nights and tearful eyes;
'Twas keen affliction's varied woe,
And weary hours and piercing cries;-
But the dark clouds are all disperst,
And now they sing - 'In Heaven there's rest.'
Look forth, my soul, beyond the clay,
Beyond the land of storms and night;
For there remains a brighter day
Of ceaseless joys and purer light,
And when with sin and grief deprest,
Anticipate - 'In Heaven there's rest.'
Transcribed by Sandra Windeatt from: Wright, W. H. K.,(1896) West-Country Poets: Their Lives and Works. London: Elliot Stock, pp.48-51
Last updated 22 Jul 2011 - Brian Randell.
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