Vaughan Williams, Ralph: The souls of the righteous
The souls of the righteous (1947)
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 seemed to die, and their departure is taken for misery; and their going from us to be utter destruction. But they are in peace, for though they be punished in the sight of men, yet is their hope full of immortality; and having been a little chastised, they shall be greatly rewarded. For God proved them, and found them worthy for himself.