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The Hymnal Companion to the Book of Common Prayer, Revised and Enlarged Edition, 1877218
He Is Gone. A Cloud of LightRev. Arthur P. Stanley (1815-1881)

Hymn NumberTuneComposer or SourceMeter
218St. PatrickSir Arthur S. Sullivan (1842-1900)

1He is gone. A cloud of light
Has received Him from our sight;
High in heaven, where eye of men
Follows not, nor angel’s ken;
Through the veils of time and space,
Passed into the holiest place;
All the toil, the sorrow done,
All the battle fought and won.
2He is gone. And we remain
In this world of sin and pain:
In the void which He has left
On this earth, of Him bereft,
We have still His work to do,
We can still His path pursue;
Seek Him both in friend and foe,
In ourselves His image show.
3He is gone. We heard Him say,
“Good that I should go away.”
Gone is that dear form and face,
But not gone His present grace;
Though Himself no more we see,
Comfortless we cannot be:
No, His Spirit still is ours,
Quickening, freshening all our powers.
4He is gone. Towards the goal,
World and church must onward roll:
Far behind we leave the past;
Forward are our glances cast:
Still His words before us range
Through the ages, as they change:
Wheresoe’er the truth shall lead,
He will give whate’er we need.
5He is gone. But we once more
Shall behold Him as before;
In the heaven of heavens the same,
As on earth He went and came.
In the many mansions there,
Place for us He will prepare:
In that world unseen, unknown,
He and we may yet be one.
6He is gone. But not in vain,
Wait until He comes again:
He is risen, He is not here,
Far above this earthly sphere;
Evermore in heart and mind
There our peace in Him we find,
To our own eternal Friend,
Thitherward let us ascend. Amen.
John14:2In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
John17:24Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
Acts1:9And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.