If I should pass this way no more
Or leave my life on foreign shore
Or cast my lot away before
The tempest and the wind’s great roar
Will filch away my soul’s encore
Then I will come this way no more.
If I but pass this way once more
Through tall and trembling grassy shore
With winds that reap capricious lore
And seasons flush as were before
To yet again my faith restore
Then I may pass this way once more.
If I can’t pass here as before
If all my deeds should fail to score
And wisdom’s love has lost its core
Then I won’t pass this way once more
Unless I find the strength to soar
Above all this forever more.