Henry Vaughan


My Soul, there is a country
             Afar beyond the stars,
Where stands a winged sentry
             All skillful 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 flow'r 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.