Beyond the Smiling and the Weeping

Verse 1:
Beyond the smiling and the weeping,
I shall be soon, I shall be soon:
Beyond the waking and the sleeping,
Beyond the sowing and the reaping,
I shall be soon.

Refrain:
I shall be soon
(Love, rest and home!)
Sweet, sweet home!
(Lord, tarry not,)
Lord tarry not, but come.

Verse 2:
Beyond the blooming and the fading,
I shall be soon, I shall be soon:
Beyond the shining and the shading,
Beyond the hoping and the dreading,
I shall be soon.

Verse 3:
Beyond the parting and the meeting,
I shall be soon, I shall be soon:
Beyond the farewell and the greeting,
Beyond the pulse’s fever beating,
I shall be soon.

Verse 4:
Beyond the frost-chain and the fever,
I shall be soon, I shall be soon:
Beyond the rock-waste and the river,
Beyond the ever and the never,
I shall be soon.

Horatius Bonar/Geo.C. stebbins

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