He is gone. A cloud of light

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CGS No.: 
335

Verse 1
He is gone. A cloud of light
Has received Him from our sight;
High in heaven, where eye of men
Follows not, nor angel's ken;
Through the veils of time and space,
Pass'd into the holiest place;
And the toil, the sorrow done,
All the battle fought and won

Verse 2
He is gone. And we remain
In this world of sin and pain:
In the void which He has left
On this earth, of Him bereft,
We have still His work to do,
We can still His path pursue;
Seek Him both in friend and foe,
In ourselves His image show

Verse 3
He is gone. We heard Him say,
''Good that I should go away.''
Gone is that dear form and face,
But not gone His present grace;
Though Himself no more see,
Comfortless we cannot be:
No, His Spirit still is ours,
Quickening, refreshing all our powers

Verse 4
He is gone. Towards the goal
World and church must onward roll:
Far behind we leave the past;
Forward are our glances cast:
Still His words before us range
Through the ages, as they change;
Wheresoe'er the truth shall lead,
He will give whate'er we need

Verse 5
He is gone. But we once more
Shall behold His as before;
In the heaven of heavens the same,
As on the earth He went and came.
In the many mansions there,
Place for us He will prepare:
In that world unseen, unknown,
He and we may yet be one

Verse 6
He is gone. But not in vain.
Wait until He comes again:
He is risen, He is not here,
Far above this earthly sphere;
Evermore in heart and mind
Where our peace in Him we find,
To our own eternal Friend,
Thitherward let us ascend