Scripture Verse

If we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Romans 8:25


Words: Ju­lia C. Thomp­son, 1878. Pub­lished in Joy to the World, by John Swe­ney, Tul­li­us C. O’Kane & Charles C. Mc­Cabe (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Hitch­cock & Wal­den, 1879), num­ber 6.

Music: Co­va da Ir­ia John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Thomp­son (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

John R. Sweney (1837–1899)


I know that Heav’n lies just be­yond
This earth­ly state, this earth­ly state;
That Christ Him­self holds death’s cold wand;
So I can wait, so I can wait.
I know the dark mys­te­ri­ous ways
My feet may tread, my feet may tread
Will all be plain when heav’n­ly rays
Are on them shed, are on them shed.

I know the heart­aches of this life
Will all be healed, will all be healed,
When the blest peace that ends earth’s strife
Shall be re­vealed, shall be re­vealed.
I know that ’mid the world’s tur­moil
God giv­eth rest, God giv­eth rest;
His arm is round me in its toil;
And I am blest, and I am blest.

I know that when my time shall come
To dwell above, to dwell above,
Jesus His child will wel­come home
With ten­der­est love, with ten­der­est love.
His an­gel guards will op­en wide
Heav’n’s pear­ly gate, Heav’n’s pear­ly gate;
And I shall then be sa­tis­fied,
So I can wait, so I can wait!