Scripture Verse

Carried by the angels. Luke 16:22


Ira D. Sankey (1840–1908)

Words: Ira D. San­key, 1900. Ap­prop­ri­ate for fun­er­al ser­vic­es. Change him/his to her/hers if ap­prop­ri­ate.

Music: Al­gar­ve Ira D. San­key, 1900 (🔊 pdf nwc).

I wrote this hymn es­pe­cial­ly for the me­mo­ri­al ser­vice held for Mr. [Dwight L.] Moody in Car­ne­gie Hall [New York Ci­ty], where I al­so sang it as a so­lo.

It was the last sac­red song to which I wrote both the words and music. It has been large­ly adopt­ed in Eng­land as a fun­er­al hymn.

Sankey, p. 215


Out of the shadow-land, into the sunshine,
Cloudless, eter­nal, that fades not away;
Softly and tenderly Je­sus hath called him
Home, where the ransomed are gathering today.


Silently, peacefully, angels have borne him,
Into the beau­ti­ful mansions above;
There shall he rest from earth’s toiling for­ev­er,
Safe in the arms of God’s infinite love.

Out of the shadow-land, weary and changeful,
Out of the valley of sorrow and night,
Into the rest of the life ev­er­last­ing,
Into the summer of endless delight.


Out of the shadow-land, over life’s ocean,
Into the rapture and joy of the Lord,
Safe in the Fa­ther’s house, welcomed by angels,
His the bright crown and eter­nal reward.