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  The Welcome to the King  

 

                    Midst the darkness, storm, and sorrow
        One bright gleam I see,
Well I know the blessed morrow
            Christ will come for me

Midst the light and peace and glory
            Of the Fathers home,
    Christ for me is watching, waiting--
            Waiting till I come

Long the blessed Guide has led me
            By the desert road;
    Now I see the golden towers--
        City of my God.

        There amidst the love and glory,
He is waiting yet;
            On His hands a name is graven,
    He can ne'er forget.

There amidst the songs of heaven--
        Sweeter to His ear
    Is the footfall through the desert,
            Ever drawing near.

        There, made ready are the mansions,
Glorious, bright and fair;
            But the Bride the Father gave Him
    Still is wanting there.

Who is this who comes to meet me
        On the desert way,
    As the Morning Star foretelling
            God's unclouded day?

He it is who came to win me,
            On the cross of shame
    In His glory well I know Him,
        Evermore the same

        Oh! the blessed joy of meeting,
All the desert past!
            Oh! the wondrous words of greeting
    He shall speak at last!

He and I together entering
            Those bright courts above,
    He and I together sharing
        All the Fathers love.

        Where no shade nor stain can enter
Nor the gold be dim,
            In that holiness unsullied
    I shall walk with Him

Meet companion then for Jesus,
            From Him, for Him made,
    Glory of Gods grace for ever
        There in me displayed

        He who in His hour of sorrow
Bore the curse alone,
            I who through the lonely desert
    Trod where He had gone

He and I in that bright glory
            One deep joy shall share
    Mine to be for ever with Him
        His that I am there

       - Frances Ridley Havergal


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