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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
A Little While
 
Horatius Bonar (1808–89)
 
 
BEYOND the smiling and the weeping
        I shall be soon;
Beyond the waking and the sleeping,
Beyond the sowing and the reaping,
        I shall be soon.        5
Love, rest, and home!
Sweet hope!
Lord, tarry not, but come.
 
Beyond the blooming and the fading
        I shall be soon;        10
Beyond the shining and the shading,
Beyond the hoping and the dreading,
        I shall be soon.
 
Beyond the rising and the setting
        I shall be soon;        15
Beyond the calming and the fretting,
Beyond remembering and forgetting,
        I shall be soon.
 
Beyond the gathering and the strowing
        I shall be soon;        20
Beyond the ebbing and the flowing,
Beyond the coming and the going,
        I shall be soon.
 
Beyond the parting and the meeting
        I shall be soon;        25
Beyond the farewell and the greeting,
Beyond this pulse’s fever beating,
        I shall be soon.
 
Beyond the frost chain and the fever
        I shall be soon;        30
Beyond the rock waste and the river,
Beyond the ever and the never,
        I shall be soon.
      Love, rest, and home!
      Sweet hope!        35
      Lord, tarry not, but come.
 

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