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First Line: When languor and disease invade
Last Line: Directly, lord, from thee?
Subject(s): Jesus Christ

When languor and disease invade
This trembling house of clay,
'Tis sweet to look beyond my pains,
And long to fly away--

Sweet to look inward, and attend
The whispers of His love;
Sweet to look upward, to the place
Where Jesus pleads above;

Sweet to look back, and see my name
In life's fair book set down;
Sweet to look forward, and behold
Eternal joys my own;

Sweet to reflect how grace divine
My sins on Jesus laid;
Sweet to remember that His blood
My debt of suff'ring paid;

Sweet to rejoice in lively hope,
That, when my change shall come,
Angels shall hover round my bed,
And tune Thy people's heart.

If such the sweetness of the stream,
What must the fountain be,
Where saints and angels draw their bliss
Directly, Lord, from Thee?

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