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Dark and thorny is the Desert

1. Dark and Thorny Is the Desert
Thro' which pilgrims make their way;
But beyond this vale of sorrow
Lie the realms of endless day
Dear young soldiers, do not murmur
At the troubles of the way
Meet the tempest fight with courage
Never faint, but watch and pray.

2. Jesus, Jesus, will defend you;
Trust in Him and Him alone
He has shed His blood to save you,
And will bring you to His throne.
There, on flow'ry fields of pleasure,
And the hills of endless rest,
Joy, and peace, and love shall ever
Reign and triumph in your breast.

3. But methinks a sweeter concert
Makes the crystal arches ring,
And a song is heard in Zion
Which the angles can not sing.
Who can paint these sons of glory,
Ransomed souls that dwell on high,
Who with golden harps forever
Sound redemption through the sky?

4. There, upon the golden pavement,
See the ransomed march along!
While the splendid courts of glory
Sweetly echo with their song.
Hail! You happy, happy spirits!
Welcome to the blissful plain!
Glory, honor, and salvation!
Reign, sweet Jesus! Ever reign!


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