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O, let us exalt our dear Lord and proclaim,
In songs of true gratitude, praise to His name!
As songs of the angels in sweetest accord,
Our thanks and our praises shall rise to the Lord.
-- Zion's Harp # 165

Hymn Information

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Author
Unknown

Composer
Albert Steffler in 1957

Arranger
A. H. M. in 1998

Notes
Alternate Zion's Harp Numbers: 91
Meter: 7.5.7.5.4.7.7.4.

Lyrics
Onward! strive to reach the goal,
Heaven's Fatherland!
Though the tempter grieves thy soul,
Jesus guides thy hand.
So, safely on;
After conflicts here shall end
We to glory will ascend;
In this rejoice.

Christ Himself the pathway strode
With courageous tread,
Showing thee the heav'nly road.
Follow without dread!
O trust in Him!
He helps thee in all distress;
To be faithful unto death
Be thy sole aim!

Doth the burden and the heat
Fill thy heart with fear?
Doth it seem a heavy yoke,
What thou hast to bear?
O, then behold
Jesus' cross which He once bore
And the curse He did endure
To save His fold.

Doth thy way through darkness lead,
Ne'er a shining star?
When in conflict and in need,
Seems His help afar?
He is thy light,
And as Shepherd day and night
Watches thee, keeps thee in sight;
He slumbers not.

And when death shall come at last
Thou shalt feel no dread;
When thy mortal pain is past,
Thou shalt see our Head
In radiance new.
When our conflict here doth end,
Into glory shall ascend
The Christian true.

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