O my soul, be glad and cheerful,
Now forget thy misery;
From this earth so dark and tearful,
Christ the Lord is calling thee.
Out of sorrows, fears, and woe,
To that joy thou now shalt go;
Which our thought may picture never,
But we know it lasts for ever.
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--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872… Go to person page >