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Brightly still in gorgeous glory,
God's great jewel lights the sky ; Look! Upon the heart's white dial,
There 's a shadow flitting by.
Chorus.—But the weary feet are resting, etc.
Homes are dark and hearts are weary, Souls are numb with hopeless pain ;
For the footfall on the threshold Never more to sound again!
Chorus.—They have gone from us forever, Aye, for evermore ! We must win the crown immortal,
Follow where they led before, Where the oriflamme is burning, On the starlit Eden shore.
Proudly, as our Southern forests,
Meet the winter's shafts so keen ; Time-defying memories cluster,
Round our hearts in living green.
Chorus.—They have gone from us forever, etc.
May our faltering voices mingle,
In the angel-chanted psalm; May our earthly chaplets linger,
By the bright celestial palm.
Chorus.—They have gone from us forever, etc..