1 Ye objects of sense, and enjoyments of time,
Which oft have delighted my heart,
I soon shall exchange you for views more sublime,
For joys that shall never depart.
2 Thou Lord of the day, and thou Queen of the night,
To me ye no longer are known,
I soon shall behold with increasing delight,
A sun that shall never go down.
3 Ye wonderful orbs that astonish my eyes
Your glories recede from my sight,
I soon shall contemplate more beautiful skies,
And stars more resplendently bright.
4 Ye mountains and valleys, groves, rivers and plains,
Thou earth and thou ocean, adieu!
More permanent regions where righteousness reigns,
Present their bright hills to my view.
5 My loved habitation and gardens adieu,
No longer my footsteps ye greet,
A mansion celestial stands full in my view,
And paradise welcomes my feet.
The Southern Harmony, 1835