Historic Sheet Music Collection

Authors

John R. Ling

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1846

Comments

“Would’st Thou Inherit Paradise?”

A Sacred Ballad

Adapted to a German Melody and arranged by J. (John) R. Ling

Philadelphia: A. Fiot (between 1846 and 1852)

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Lyrics:

Would’st thou inherit Paradise?
These maxims keep before thine eyes,
So thy heart’s mirror shall appear,
Forever shining bright and clear.
Give thanks when fortune smiles serene,
Be patient when her frowns is seen.
If thou has sinned for pardon please
And help shall follow at thy need.

But shall we hope that prize to hold,
Who with new sins conceal the old,
Be penitent, be watchful still,
And fly the votaries of ill.
Avoid the paths that lead to vice,
And win thy way to Paradise
So thy heart’s mirror shall appear,
Forever shining bright and clear.

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