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|1||He 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.
|2||He is gone– towards their 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.
|3||He 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.
|4||He 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.
|John||14:2||In 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.
|John||17:24||Father, 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.
|Acts||1:9||And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.