Scripture Verse

Do You show Your wonders to the dead? Do those who are dead rise up and praise You? Psalm 88:10

Introduction

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Timothy Dwight
1752–1817

Words: Ti­mo­thy Dwight, in his edi­tion of WattsPsalms, 1800.

Music: Rose­dale George F. Root, in Tri­bute of Praise, ed­it­ed by Eb­en Tour­jée (New York: Nel­son & Phil­lips, 1874), page 45 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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George F. Root
1820–1895

Lyrics

Shall man, O God of light and life,
Forever molder in the grave?
Canst Thou forget Thy glo­ri­ous work,
Thy promise, and Thy power to save?

But in those silent realms of night,
Shall peace and hope no more arise?
No future morning light the tomb,
Nor daystar gild the darksome skies?

Cease, cease, ye vain, desponding fears:
When Christ, our Lord, from darkness sprang,
Death, the last foe, was captive led,
And Hea­ven with praise and wonder rang.

Faith sees the bright, eter­nal doors
Unfold, to make His children way;
They shall be clothed with endless life,
And shine in ev­er­last­ing day.