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How Far From Home?
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By Annie R. Smith
 
How far from home?  I asked as on
I bent my steps, the watchman spake
“The long dark night is almost gone,
The morning soon will break.”
 
“Then weep no more but speed thy flight,
With hope’s bright star thy guiding ray,
‘Til thou shalt reach the realms of light,
In everlasting day.”
 
I asked the warrior on the field,
This was his soul-inspiring song,
“With courage bold the sword I’ll wield,
The battle is not long.”
 
“Then weep no more but well endure,
The conflict ‘til thy work is done,
For this we know the prize is sure,
When victory is won.”
 
I asked again, earth, sea and sun,
Seemed with one voice to make reply,
“Time’s wasting sands are nearly run,
Eternity is nigh!”
 
“Then weep no more with warning tones,
Portentous signs are thickening ‘round,
The whole creation waiting groans,
To hear the trumpet sound.”
 
How far from home?  Oh blessed thought!
The traveler’s lonely heart to cheer,
Which oft a healing balm has brought,
And dried the mourner’s tear.
 
Then weep no more since we shall meet,
Where weary footsteps never roam,
Our trials past, our joys complete,
Safe in our Father’s home,
Safe in our Father’s home,
Safe in our Father’s home.
 
150 & Beyond
(Sandy Wyman Johnson, Jarrod McNaughton, Merle Morgan, Charles Haugabrooks)

 


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