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[236] Dear friends still toiling in the sun;
     Ye dearer ones who, gone before,
Are watching from the eternal shore
     The slow work by your hands begun,

Rejoice with me! The chastening rod
     Blossoms with love; the furnace heat
Grows cool beneath His blessed feet
     Whose form is as the Son of God!

Rejoice! Our Marah's bitter springs
     Are sweetened; on our ground of grief
Rise day by day in strong relief
     The prophecies of better things.

Rejoice in hope! The day and night
     Are one with God, and one, with them
Who see by faith the cloudy hem
     Of Judgment fringed with Mercy's light!


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