Scripture Verse

Sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:13

Introduction

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William Boyce
(1710–1779)

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Short Hymns (Bris­tol, Eng­land: E. Far­ley, 1762), Vol­ume 2, num­ber 632, pag­es 324–25.

Music: Cha­pel Roy­al Will­iam Boyce, in A Col­lect­ion of Me­lo­dies for the Psalms of Da­vid, cir­ca 1765 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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Charles Wesley
(1707–1788)

Lyrics

If death my friend and me divide,
Thou dost not, Lord, my sorrow chide,
Or frown my tears to see;
Restrained from passionate excess,
Thou bidst me mourn in calm distress
For them that rest in Thee.

I feel a strong immortal hope,
Which bears my mournful spirit up
Beneath its mountain-load:
Redeemed from death, and grief, and pain,
I soon shall find my friend again
Within the arms of God.

Pass a few fleeting moments more
And death the blessing shall restore
Which death has snatched away;
For me Thou wilt the summons send,
And give me back my parted friend
In that eternal day.