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Published in "The Hymnary", Novello, 1872.
|1||Safe home, safe home in port!
||2||The prize, the prize secure!|
|Rent cordage, shattered deck,||The athlete nearly fell;|
|Torn sails, provision short,||Bare all he could endure,|
|And only not a wreck;||And bare not always well:|
|But O the joy upon the shore
To tell the voyage-perils oer!
|But he may smile at troubles gone
Who sets the victor-garland on.
|3|| No more the foe can harm:
||4||The exile is at home:|
|No more the leaguered camp,||O nights and days of tears!|
|And cry of night alarm,||O longings not to roam!|
|And need of ready lamp:||Of sins, and doubts, and fears!|
|And yet how nearly he had failed,
How nearly had that foe prevailed!
|What matters now griefs darkest day
The King has wiped those tears away.
|Joseph the Hymnographer, 9th cent.;
free tr. by John Mason Neale, 1818 - 66.
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