Methinks I hear, as o'er this life's dim dial
The last shades darken, friends say, "_He was good_;"
- struggling fail to speak my faint denial-- They whisper, "_His humility withstood_."
I, knowing better, part with love unspoken;
And find the unknown world not all unknown:
The bonds that held me from my centre broken,
I seek my home, the Saviour's homely throne.
How he will greet me, walking on, I wonder;
I think I know what I will say to him;
- fear no sapphire floor of cloudless thunder, I fear no passing vision great and dim.
But he knows all my weary sinful story:
How will he judge me, pure, and strong, and fair?
- come to him in all his conquered glory, Won from the life that I went dreaming there!
- come; I fall before him, faintly saying: "Ah, Lord, shall I thy loving pardon win?
Earth tempted me; my walk was but a straying;
I have no honour--but may I come in?"
- hear him say: "Strong prayer did keep me stable; To me the earth was very lovely too:
Thou shouldst have prayed; I would have made thee able
To love it greatly!--but thou hast got through."