Spiritual leaders of the past have agreed that next to the Bible, every Christian should own and use a hymnbook. Add to this books that give us stories of great hymns and you triple your benefit! The following comes from a collection of hymns called Village Hymns For Social Worship by Asahel Nettleton (1783-1844), who was influential in the Second Great Awakening in the United States in the early quarter of the 19th Century. The following hymn is numbered 199 in the book:
The Christian's Hope
What sinners value I resign;Lord, tis enough that thou art mine:I shall behold thy blissful face,And stand complete in righteousness.
This life's a dream an empty show;But the bright world to which I go--Hath joys substantial and sincere;When shall I wake and find me there?
O glorious hour! O blest abode!I shall be near and like my God!And flesh and sin no more controlThe sacred pleasures of the soul.