In Heaven Is Joy and Gladness

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1 In heav'n is joy and gladness,
But while I sojourn here,
So often, bowed in sadness,
I shed the bitter tear.
Here ills, alway prevailing,
Distress the Savior's bride;
Here mirth is lost in wailing;
In heav'n but joys abide.

2 I do not strive for pleasures
That fools pursue on earth,
I sow in tears for treasures
That have more lasting worth.
If, when my journey endeth,
The sheaves I gather in,
The bliss the fool pretendeth
I do not yearn to win.

3 For I shall see my Jesus,
He is my Hope and Stay;
The cross that me oppresses
He then shall take away.
Then nothing more shall grieve me,
And no adversity
Shall of my joy bereave me;
Soon I shall Jesus see.

Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #482

Author: J. 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 >

Translator: Oluf H. Smeby

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First Line: In heaven is joy and gladness
Title: In Heaven Is Joy and Gladness
Norwegian/Scandinavian Title: Hos Gud er idel Glæde
Author: J. N. Brun
Translator: Oluf H. Smeby
Language: English