I shine in the light of God;
His likeness stamps my brow;
Through the valley of death my feet have trod,
And I reign in glory now!
No breaking heart is here,
No keen and thrilling pain,
No wasted cheek, where the frequent tear
Hath roll’d and left its stain.
I have reach’d the joys of heaven:
I am one of the sainted band;
For my head a crown of gold is given,
And a harp is in my hand.
I have leam’d the song they sing,
Whom Jesus has set free;
And the glorious walls of heaven still ring
With my new-born melody.
No sin, no grief, no pain;
Safe in my happy home;
My fears all fled, my doubts all slain,
My hour of triumph’s come!
Oh! friends of mortal years,
The trusted and the true!
Ye are watching still in the valley of tears,
But I wait to welcome you.
Do I forget? oh, no!
For memory’s golden chain
Shall bind my heart to the hearts below,
Till they meet to touch again.
Each link is strong and bright:
And love’s electric flame
Flows freely down, like a river of light,
To the world from whence I came.
Do you mourn when another star
Shines out from the glittering sky?
Do you weep when the raging voice of war
And the storms of conflict die?
Then why should your tears run down,
And your hearts be sorely riven,
For another gem in the Saviour’s crown,
And another soul in heaven?
-John Milne? Recorded in The Life of John Milne by Horatius Bonar, Banner of Truth Trust, 295-296.