In heaven all is gladness

In heaven all is gladness

Author: Johan N. Brun
Tune: AHNFELT (Ahnfelt 51113)
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1. In Heaven all is gladness—
Here troubles press, and fears;
Here often bowed and sighing,
I eat the bread of tears.
Here joy and sorrow mingle
For Christ’s belovèd bride;
But ’tis not so up yonder,
For there doth joy abide.

2. This world is not my homeland,
In tents I pass my days;
Tow’rd yonder shore of glory
With yearnings eyes I gaze.
While seeks the world its follies,
I view yon citadel,
Where, free from care and sorrow,
Forever I shall dwell.

3. Would I exchange conditions
With one, whose all’s below?
Nay, rather I’d be sowing
Good seed, tho’ tears may flow.
If at the close of journey
I but in joy may reap,
When worldlings’ joys are over,
And they, too late, must weep.

4. My hope for life eternal
Rests on foundation sure;
My cross I therefore gladly
Will yet awhile endure.
Soon there shall be no sorrow,
No plaints, nor sighs for me,
When, with uncovered vision,
My Savior I shall see.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #2803

Author: Johan N. Brun

Johan Nordahl Brun (21 March 1745 in Trondheim—26 July 1816) was the poet, dramatist, bishop in Bergen (1804-1816), and politician who contributed significantly to the growth of National Romanticism in Norway, contributing to the growing national consciousness. He traveled to Copenhagen in 1767, where he passed his theological examinations. While at the University of Copenhagen, Brun was a prominent member of The Norwegian Society (Det Norske Selskab), a group of younger Norwegian authors, poets and philosophers. Johan Nordahl Brun become an active member of the Church of the Cross in Norway. He became a minister of the Parish in the Church of the Cross from 1774 until 1804 when he became the Bishop of Bergen. In literary history… Go to person page >

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