The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God.@Wisdom of Solomon (Apocrypha) 3:1

Edmund S. Palmer, before 1901 (Yesu, Bin Mariamu). Palmer wrote this hymn as a requiem for a member of the UMCA, and it was included in the Mission’s Swahili Hymn Book; Palmer translated the words from Swahili to English in 1902, when they were first printed privately. The verses below are stanzas 2, 3 & 4 of the translation.

Warum Sind die Thränen Johann A. Schultz, 1785 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Johann A. P. Schulz (1747-1800)

Think, O Lord, in mercy on the souls of those
Who, in faith gone from us, now in death repose.
Here ’mid stress and conflict toils can never cease;
There, the warfare ended, bid them rest in peace.

Often were they wounded in the deadly strife;
Heal them, Good Physician, with the balm of life.
Every taint of evil, frailty and decay,
Good and gracious Savior, cleanse and purge away.

Rest eternal grant them, after weary fight;
Shed on them the radiance of Thy heav’nly light.
Lead them onward, upward, to the holy place,
Where Thy saints, made perfect, gaze upon Thy face.