O Paradise!

Verse 1:
O golden day, O day of God,
When sinless souls the garden trod!
In bliss supreme, ‘neath sunny skies,
In Eden fair, in Paradise.

O Paradise, sweet Paradise,
From scenes of earth we long to rise;
O Paradise, bright Paradise,
Where Jesus reigns (beyond the skies) beyond the skies.

Verse 2:
The fatal fall, the sin, the shame,
The death, the doom, the sword aflame,
The curse, the crime beyond disguise,
The earth no more in Paradise.

Verse 3:
The beaded brow, the silvered hair,
The aching heart, the vacant chair,
The grassy graves, the broken ties,
Are not the scenes of Paradise.

Verse 4:
To Christ the Lord upon the tree,
A sinner cries:-“Remember me!”
“Today shalt thou”, the Lord replies,
“Be with me there in Paradise.”

Verse 5:
O golden day when Christ descends,
The curse removes and sorrow ends;
All glory clad, the ransomed rise
To reign with Him in Paradise.

G.M.J./James McGranahan


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