1 What are the joys of earth to one
Who sees the Master’s face?
What is the shining of the sun
Beside the Master’s grace?
Before the splendor of His worth
Our earthly lights are dim;
We gladly leave the things of earth
To follow after Him.
2 His love has blessed us all our days,
His care each gift bestows;
He leadeth us beside the ways
Where living water flows.
And if we follow in His lead,
Whatever may befall,
His gifts shall satisfy each need,
Sufficient unto all.
3 Thy care has crowned our every hour,
Be with us still, O Lord!
First the full bud, and then the flower,
Shall blossom at Thy word.
Unto this waiting heart of mine
Reveal Thy perfect grace,
And let me see, by love divine,
The shining of Thy face.
Born: May 15, 1837, Charlestown, Massachusetts.
Gunnison’s poems appeared in Scribner’s Magazine, The Christian at Work, & the Daily Southern Cross. His works include:
Our Stars for the Army of the Potomac (Ringwalt & Brown, 1863)
One Summer’s Dream: An Idyll of the Vineyard and Other Poems (York, Pennsylvania: Hiram Young, 1875)
Toni and Moidl: A Tale of the Border Tyrol Between Austria and Bavaria (San Francisco, California: A. J. Leary, 1884)
Windsheim Bells and Other Poems (San Francisco, California: 1884)
The Miracle of St. Kümmerniss (San Francisco, California: Commercial Publishing Company, 1887)
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Display Title: The Shining Of His FaceFirst Line: What are the joys of earth to oneTune Title: LOMBARDIAAuthor: E. Norman GunnisonSource: Heart and Voice by William F. Sherwin (Cincinnati: John Church, 1881)