Scripture Verse

We…are compassed about with [a] great a cloud of witnesses. Hebrews 12:1


James T. Fields (1817–1881)

Words: James T. Fields (1817–1881).

Music: Ed­in­burgh Mo­dern Harp, be­fore 1884 (🔊 pdf nwc). Note: Though this tune was pub­lished for these words, the me­ter does is not an ex­act fit; some words may have to be sung as two short notes ra­ther than a sin­gle lon­ger note.


Forget not the dead, who have loved, who have left us,
Who bend o’er us now from their bright homes ab­ove;
But be­lieve, ne­ver doubt, that the God who be­reft us
Permits them to min­gle with friends they still love.

Repeat their fond words, all their no­ble deeds cher­ish;
Speak plea­sant­ly of them who left us in tears:
Other joys may be lost, but their names should not per­ish,
While time bears our feet through the val­ley of tears.