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“As Unknown and yet Well Known”
Not a link with earth unbroken,
Not a farewell to be spoken;
Waiting for their Lord to take them
To Himself, and like Him make them.
With their hearts upon a treasure
That has dimmed for them earth’s pleasure,
Lamps well trimmed, and brightly burning,
Eyes forever upward turning.
Earthly rank and riches losing.
Worldly ties and claims refusing.
On to Christ in glory passing.
All things there in Him possessing.
But in Him their hearts are resting,
Faith looks up in days of testing,
Follows Him with true allegiance,
Loves to walk in His obedience.
Well know there—
Oh, what joy for Christ to take them
To the Father, who will make them
Welcome in His mansions yonder,
Strangers here—to be no longer.
— January, 1880 —