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As when the weary traveler gains

As when the weary traveler gains,
the height of some commanding hill,
his heart revives, if o’er the plains
he eyes his home, through distant still.

Thus when the Christian pilgrim views
by faith his mansion in the skies,
the sight his fainting strength renews,
and wings his speed to reach the prize.

The thought of home, his spirit cheers,
no more he grieves for troubles past;
Nor any future trial fears,
so he may safe arrive at last.

Jesus, on thee our hopes we stay,
to lead us on to to thine abode;
assured thy love will far o’erpay
the hardest labors of the road.

(1725-1807)

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The original first verse reads:
As when the weary traveler gains,
the height of some o'er-looking hill,
his heart revives, if across the plains
he eyes his home, through distant still.

The American Episcopal hymnals omit verses 2 and 5 of the original:
While he surveys the much loved spot,
he slights the space that lies between;
his past fatigues are now forgot,
because his journey's end is seen.

'Tis there, he says, I am to dwell
with Jesus, in the realms of day;
then I shall bid my cares farewell,
and he will wipe my tears away.

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