Rise, my soul, and stretch thy wings

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This is an hymn by Robert Seagrave, entitled Pilgrim's Song, published 1742.

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1. Rise, my soul, and stretch thy wings,
Thy better portion trace,
Rise from transitory things,
Towards heaven, thy native place;
Sun, and moon and stars decay,
Time shall soon this earth remove,
Rise, my soul, and haste away,
To seats prepared above.


2. Rivers to the ocean run,
Nor stay in all their course;
Fire ascending seeks the sun,
Both speed them to their source;
So a soul that's born of God,
Pants to view his glorious face;
Upwards tends to his abode,
To rest in his embrace.


3. Cease, ye pilgrims, cease to mourn,
Press onward to the prize;
Soon our Savior will return
Triumphant in the skies:
Yet a season and you know
Happy entrance will be given;
All our sorrows cast below,
And earth exchanged for heaven.

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