The souls of the righteous
The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and there shall no torment touch them.
In the sight of the unwise they seem to die:
and their departure is taken for misery:
but they are in peace.
For though they be punished in the sight of men,
Yet is their hope full of immortality:
for God proved them and found them worthy of himself.
And in the day of visitation they shall shine,
they shall judge the nations,
and have dominion over the people,
and their Lord shall reign for ever. Amen.
James Nares (1715-1783)