‘Tis morning now–upon the eastern hills
Once more the sun lights up this cheerless scene;
But O, no morning in my Father’s house
Is dawning now, for there no night hath been.
Ten thousand thousand now, on Zion’s hills,
All robed in white, with palmy crowns, do stray,
While I, an exile, far from fatherland,
Still wandering, faint along the desert way.
O home! dear home! my own, my native home!
O Father, friends, when shall I look on you?
When shall these weary wanderings be o’er,
And I be gathered back to stray no more?
O thou, the brightness of whose gracious face
These weary, longing eyes have never seen,–
By whose dear thought, for whose beloved sake,
My course, through toil and tears, I daily take,–
I think of thee when the myrrh-dropping morn
Steps forth upon the purple eastern steep;
I think of thee in the fair eventide,
When the bright-sandalled stars their watches keep.
And trembling hope, and fainting, sorrowing love,
On thy dear word for comfort doth rely;
And clear-eyed Faith, with strong forereaching gaze,
Beholds thee here, unseen, but ever nigh.
Walking in white with thee, she dimly sees,
All beautiful, these lovely ones withdrawn,
With whom my heart went upward, as they rose,
Like morning stars, to light a coming dawn.
All sinless now, and crowned, and glorified,
Where’er thou movest move they still with thee,
As erst, in sweet communion by thy side,
Walked John and Mary in old Galilee.
But hush, my heart! ‘Tis but a day or two
Divides thee from that bright, immortal shore.
Rise up! rise up! and gird thee for the race!
Fast fly the hours, and all will soon be o’er.
Thou hast the new name written in thy soul;
Thou hast the mystic stone he gives his own.
Thy soul, made one with him, shall feel no more
That she is walking on her path alone.