A song from 1905 —
And for the benefit of search engines —
The Great Question
Words by J.H. Ward. Music by Tracy Y. Cannon.
Is it true that I am a sojourner here,
That this life’s a prelude to a happier sphere?
Then tell me, O Father, from whence I am come,
And why am I here, and where is my home.
Are you watching the work you have giv’n me to do?
And when it is done shall I come back to you?
The more earnest my toil will it sooner be done –
Enter into my rest and the victory won?
Could we understand what the future life is,
Perhaps we would not be contented with this.
Our hearts would be lured by the rapturous view,
And we’d wish to go hence, if we only knew.
As wanderers here we oft walk alone,
But there, over there, we ;shall know as we’re known.
Evolution’s a law that is stamped on the soul,
And the good will progress while the ages shall roll.