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“A LITTLE WHILE”
A little while, our fightings shall be over;
A little while, our tears be wiped away;
A little while, the presence of Jehovah
Shall turn our darkness into Heaven’s bright day.
A little while, the fears that oft surround us
Shall to the memories of the past belong;
A little while, the love that sought and found us
Shall change our weeping into Heaven’s glad song.
A little while! His presence goes before us,
A fire by night, a shadowy cloud by day;
His banner, love-inscribed, is floating o’er us;
His arm almighty is our strength and stay.
A little while! ‘Tis ever drawing nearer—
The brighter dawning of that glorious day,
Blest Savior, make our spirits’ vision clearer,
And guide, oh, guide us in the shining way.
A little while! Oh, blessed expectation!
For strength to run with patience, Lord we cry;
Our hearts up-leap in fond anticipation.
Our union with the Bridegroom draweth nigh.
— December, 1881 —