109. The happy Pilgrim

1 I saw a happy pilgrim,
In shining garments clad,
And trav'ling up the mountain,
His countenance was glad;
He had no cares nor burdens,
He'd laid them at the cross,
The blood of Christ, his Saviour,
Had washed him from all dross.

Then palms of victory, Crowns of glory,
Palms of victory We shall wear.
Palms of victory We shall wear.

2 The summer sun was sinking,
The sweat was on his brow;
His garments worn and dusty,
His step seemed very slow;
But he kept pressing onward,
For he was wending home,
Still shouting as he journeyed,
Deliverance will come.

3 I saw him in midsummer,
Still happy on his way,
He'd reached the land of Beulah,
Where birds sing all the day.
He found a store of honey
And wine upon the lees,
And fruit in rich abundance
Upon life's living trees.

4 I saw him in the evening,
The sun was bending low,
He'd overtopped the mountain
And reached the vale below;
He saw the golden city,
His everlasting home,
And shouted loud, Hosanna!
Deliverance will come.

5 I heard the song of triumph
They sang upon that shore,
Saying, Jesus has redeemed us,
To suffer nevermore:
Then casting his eyes backward
On the race which he had run,
He shouted loud, Hosanna!
Deliverance has come!

Text Information
First Line: I saw a happy pilgrim
Title: The happy Pilgrim
Refrain First Line: Then palms of victory, Crowns of glory
Publication Date: 1884
Notes: Music No. 81 in "The Quartet."
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