258 THORNY DESERT – Christian Harmony Ala.
Christian Harmony AL
to the Southern Harmony version of this tune
to the Christian Harmony N.C. version of this tune
Dark and thorny is the desert thru which pilgrims make their
But beyond this vale of sorrows lie the fields of endless
Fiends, loud howling thru the desert, make them tremble as they
And the fiery darts of Satan often bring their courage low.
young soldiers are you weary of the troubles of the way?
Does your strength
begin to fail you and your vigor to decay?
Jesus, Jesus, will go with you, He
will lead you to His throne;
He who died His garments for you and the
wine-press trod alone.
He whose thunder shakes creation, He who bids the
He who rides upon the tempest and whose sceptre sways the
Round him are ten thousand angels, ready to obey command;
always hovering round you 'til you reach the heav'nly land.
flow'ry hills of pleasure in the fields of endless rest,
Love, and joy, and
peace shall ever reign and triumph in your breast.
Who can paint those scenes
of glory where the ransomed dwell on high?
Where the golden harps forever
sound redemption through the sky?
Millions there of flaming seraphs fly
across the heavenly plain;
There they sing immortal praises -- Glory, Glory
is their strain.
But methinks a sweeter concert makes the heavenly arches
And a song is heard in Zion which the angels cannot sing.
the heavenly host, in rapture, gaze upon this shining band;
their costly garments and the laurels in their hand!
There, upon the golden
pavement see the ransom'd march along,
While the splendid courts of glory
sweetly echo to their song.)
(O their crowns, how bright they sparkle,
such as monarchs never wear;
They are gone to heav'nly pastures -- Jesus is
their Shepherd there.
Hail, ye happy, happy spirits! Welcome to the blissful
Glory, honor, and salvation! Reign, sweet Shepherd, ever reign.)