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The Past and Future

The Past and Future

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Published by glennpease
by M. MARTIN
Heb. X. 32 : Rev. xxi. 4.
by M. MARTIN
Heb. X. 32 : Rev. xxi. 4.

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THE PAST AND FUTURE
by M. MARTIN
Heb. X. 32 : Rev. xxi. 4. Scenes of the past ! how oft ye rise In wonted beauty to mine eyes. Ye visit me in nightly dreams; Almost, indeed, my spirit seems To live ye o'er and o'er again; But, when I waken, then, 0, then — And yet I dare not, may not say. To utter hopelessness I waken ; No, heaven holds out for me a ray That tells me I am not forsaken. no; when cheated Fancy flies A world of vanity and lies. When beatific visions pass, To leave in deeper gloom, alas ! When all I've seen and felt and known In blessed moments past and gone, Comes on, in glorious array,
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In all its pristine beanty even, And vanishes in mist away, I turn my baffled sight to heaven. There, there I turn me from the past, With vision purified, upcast; I quaff a Lethean draught to earth. Forget a while its gloom or mirth. Forget I ever hoped or mourned. Forget my heart had ever turned Entirely to its lower joys. Entirely to its mundane pleasure. Contented with its glittering toys. Unmindful of a truer treasure. yes, at times, I can forget. And then a blessed view is met — A true and satisfying sight Of an eifulgent land of light. Where not a mocking vision flies Athwart my fond believing eyes; Where all the glory of the place.
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