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My soul, there is a country

Language: English

My soul, there is a country
  Afar beyond the stars,
Where stands a wingèd sentry
  All skilful in the wars:

There, above noise and danger
  Sweet Peace sits crown'd with smiles
And One, born in a manger
  Commands the beauteous files.

He is thy gracious Friend
  And -- O my soul, awake! --
Did in pure love descend
  To die here for thy sake.

If thou canst get but thither,
  There grows the flower of Peace,
The Rose that cannot wither,
  Thy fortress and thy ease.

Leave then thy foolish ranges,
  For none can thee secure
But One who never changes,
  Thy God, thy life, thy cure.


Translation(s): FRE

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Paix", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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