Beyond This Vale of Tears

Beyond This Vale Of Tears There Is A Life Above,
Unmeasured By The Flight Of Years;
And All That Life Is Love.

- Jacob Montgomery
Beyond This Vale of Tears - Poem For Gravwstone

Variations and History: 

A line taken from the hymn The Issues of Life and Death of Jacob Montgomery. The hymn was written in 1818 for the "Anniversary Sermons" of the Red Hill Wesleyan Sunday School, in Sheffield.

The full hymn is as follows:

O Where shall rest be found,
Rest for the weary soul?
'Twere vain the ocean's depths to sound,
Or pierce to either polio.

The world can never give
The bliss for which we sigh;
'Tis not the whole of life to live,
Nor all of death to die.

Beyond this vale of tears
There is a life above,
Unmeasured by the flight of years;
And all that life is love.

There is a death, whose pang
Outlasts the fleeting great;
O what eternal horrors hang
Around the second death!

Lord God of truth and grace,
Teach us that death to shun,
Lest we be banished from thy face,
And evermore undone.

Montgomery also printed an alternate version in The Christian Psalmist in 1825, with the last stanza as follows:

Lord God of grace and truth,
Teach us that death to shun;
Nor let us from our earliest youth
Forever be undone.

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