Eternity! Eternity! That boundless, soundless, tideless, seaAuthor: James Montgomery
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That boundless, soundless, tideless, sea,
Of mysteries the mystery,
What is Eternity to me?
Infinite bliss or misery,
Woe past, woe present, woe to be;
The fulness of felicity;
These are Eternity to me.
Two voices from Eternity!
A voice from heaven comes down to me,
A voice from bell breaks dolefully,
"Life, Death, O Man! are offer'd thee."
The abyss is moved; even Wrath cries "Flee!"
The height expands, and Love cries "See
What God hath here prepared for thee;
Choose thou thine own Eternity!"
Sacred Poems and Hymns, 1854
Eternity, Eternity, That boundless, &c. J. Montgomery. [Eternity.] In the M.MSS. this hymn is dated, "The Mount, December 20,1836" (the "Mount" was his Sheffield residence), but it did not appear in print, so far as has been traced, until his Original Hymns, 1853, where it is given as No. 238 in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed with a line of one of his most popular hymns, "Forever with the Lord."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)