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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume III. Sorrow and Consolation.  1904.
 
V. Death and Bereavement
“Beyond the smiling and the weeping”
Horatius Bonar (1808–1889)
 
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.
    Love, rest, and home! etc.
 
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.
    Love, rest, and home! etc.
 
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.
    Love, rest, and home! etc.
 
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.
    Love, rest, and home! etc.
 
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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