585. For ever with the Lord!

1 For ever with the Lord!
Amen! so let it be;
Life from the dead is in that word,
'Tis immortality.

2 Here in the body pent,
Absent from Him I roam,
Yet nightly pitch my moving tent
A day's march nearer Home.

3 My Father's House on high,
Home of my soul! how near,
At times to faith's far-seeing eye
Thy golden gates appear!

4 Ah, then my spirit faints
To reach the land I love,
The bright inheritance of saints,
Jerusalem above!

5 For ever with the Lord!
Father, if 'tis Thy will,
The promise of that faithful word,
E'en here to me fulfil.

6 Be Thou at my right hand,
Then can I never fail;
Uphold Thou me, and I shall stand,
Fight, and I must prevail.

7 So when my latest breath
Shall rend the veil in twain,
By death I shall escape from death,
And life eternal gain.

8 Knowing as I am known,
How shall I love that word,
And oft repeat before the throne,
"For ever with the Lord!"

Text Information
First Line: For ever with the Lord!
Author: James Montgomery (1853)
Meter: S. M.
Publication Date: 1868
Topic: Death and Eternity: Heaven; Easter Season, Fourth Sunday; Ascension Day (2 more...)
Notes: Alternate tune: #237 or #425
Tune Information
Meter: S. M.
Key: B♭ Major
Notes: Composer from index: Ad. Dr. L. Mason, d. 1872

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