Scripture Verse

Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord. Revelation 14:13


Henry G. Ley (1887–1962)

Words: Fred­er­ick L. Hos­mer, 1888. Hos­mer wrote these words for an East­er ser­vice at his church.

Music: Ge­lobt sei Gott Mel­chi­or Vul­pi­us (cir­ca 1560–1615). Har­mo­ny by Hen­ry G. Ley (1887–1962) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Vul­pi­us (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Frederick L. Hosmer (1840–1929)


O Lord of life, wher­e’er they be,
Safe in Thine own eter­ni­ty,
Our dead are liv­ing un­to Thee:
Alleluia! Al­le­lu­ia! Al­le­lu­ia!

All souls are Thine, and here or there
They rest with­in Thy shel­ter­ing care;
One pro­vi­dence alike they share:
Alleluia! Al­le­lu­ia! Al­le­lu­ia!

Thy Word is true, Thy ways are just;
Above the re­qui­em, Dust to dust,
Shall rise our psalm of grate­ful trust:
Alleluia! Al­le­lu­ia! Al­le­lu­ia!

O hap­py they in God who rest,
No more by fear and doubt op­pressed,
Living or dy­ing, they are blest:
Alleluia! Al­le­lu­ia! Al­le­lu­ia!