Now, – the sowing and the weeping,
Working hard and waiting long:
Afterward, – the golden reaping,
Harvest home and grateful song.
Now, the long and toilsome duty,
Stone by stone to carve and bring;
Afterward, – the perfect beauty
Of the palace of the King.
Now, – the tuning and the tension
Wailing minors, discord strong;
Afterward, – the grand ascension
Of the Alleluia song!
~Francis Ridley Havergal
The Cloud of Witness, p. 86