The Christian’s “Good-Night”

It is said: The early Christians were accustomed to bid their dying friends Good-night, so sure were they of their awakening on the Resurrection Morning.

Verse 1:
Sleep on, beloved, sleep, and take thy rest;
Lay down thy head upon thy Saviour’s breast;
We love thee well, but Jesus loves thee best–
Good-night! Good-night! Good-night!

Verse 2:
Calm is thy slumber as an infant’s sleep;
But thou shalt wake no more to toil and weep:
Thine is a perfect rest, secure and deep–
Good-night! Good-night! Good-night!

Verse 3:
Until the shadows from this earth are cast,
Until He gathers in His sheaves at last,
Until the twilight gloom be overpast–
Good-night! Good-night! Good-night!

Verse 4:
Until the Easter glory lights the skies,
Until the dead in Jesus shall arise,
And He shall come, but not in lowly guise–
Good-night! Good-night! Good-night!

Verse 5:
Until, made beautiful by Love Divine,
Thou, in the likeness of thy Lord shalt shine,
And He shall bring that golden crown of thine–
Good-night! Good-night! Good-night!

Verse 6:
Only “Good-night,” beloved–not “farewell!”
A little while, and all His saints shall dwell
In hallowed union indivisible–
Good-night! Good-night! Good-night!

Verse 7:
Until we meet again before His throne,
Clothed in the spotless robe He gives His own,
Until we know even as we are known–
Good-night! Good-night! Good-night!

Sarah Doudney/Ira D. Sankey

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