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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

The Way-Side Cross




Author
C. L. St. John

Composer
Horatio Richmond Palmer

Arranger
Unknown

Lyrics
"Which way shall I take?" shouts a voice on the night,
"I'm a pilgrim awearied, and spent is my light;
And I seek for a palace, that rests on the hill,
But between us, a stream lieth sullen and chill."

"Which way shall I take for the bright golden span
That bridges the waters so safely for man?
To the right? to the left? ah me! if I knew,
The night is so dark, and the passers so few."

"See the lights from the palace in silvery lines
How they pencil the hedges and fruitladen vines,
My fortune! my all! for one tangled gleam
That sifts thro' the lilies, and wastes on the stream."

Chorus:
Near, near thee, my son, is the old wayside cross,
Like a gray friar cowl'd in lichens and moss;
And its crossbeam will point to the bright, golden span
That bridges the waters so safely for man.

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