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While in this vale of sorrow,

The love of Christ constraineth us.

Poet: Battle’s Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1814
Meter: Particular Meter: 7,6,7,6,8,6,7,6
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
While in this vale of sorrow,
I travel on in pain,
My heart is fix'd on Jesus,
I feel him form'd within;
But when I come to bid adieu
To those I dearly love,
My heart is often melted,
It is the grief of love.

Vale of Sorrow 83t, Stanza 1

Vale of Sorrow 83t, Stanza 1
I'm on my way to glory,
By faith I look above,
And view a smiling Jesus,
Which fills my soul with love;
Tis this that so constrains me,
Poor sinners to persuade,
I'm bound to do my duty,
Though they should not be sav'd.

Vale of Sorrow 83t, Stanza 2
While in my Master’s vineyard,
I toil and travel on,
O, pray for me, my brethren,
Until my work is done;
Though lands and rivers roll between,
We’ll still in spirit meet;
And pray for Jesus’ coming,
And confidently wait.

Farewell, my loving brethren,
Until we meet again,
Perhaps in worlds of glory,
With Christ the Lord to reign:
Be faithful to your Saviour God,
And keep the prize in view,
That if I reach those mansions,
I there may meet with you.

There sickness, pain and sorrow
Will all be done away,
And we shall meet each other,
To spend an endless day;
There we shall meet with Jesus,
Our Saviour and our Friend,—
Farewell, my loving brethren,
Love Jesus to the end.

Dossey, William. The Choice; in Two Parts, Designed for Public and Private Worship. Philadelphia: J. Howe, 1836.