They…rest from their labors, and their works do follow them.@Revelation 14:13
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Richard W. Adams (1952–)

Ho­ra­ti­us Bo­nar, Hymns of Faith and Hope (Lon­don: James Nis­bet, 1857), pages 62–64. Adapted by Rich­ard W. Ad­ams, March 16, 2018. Also see Only Remembered.

Mon­sell (Sher­win) Will­iam F. Sher­win (1826–1888) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William F. Sherwin (1826–1888)

Up and away, like the dew of the morning,
Soaring from earth to its home in the sun,
So let me steal away, gently and lovingly,
Only remembered by what I have done.

My name and place, and my grave, all forgotten,
My time’s brief race well and patiently run;
So let me pass away, peacefully, silently,
Only remembered by what I have done.

Gladly away from this toil would I hasten,
Up to the crown that for me has been won;
Unsung on earth in rewards or in praises,
Only remembered by what I have done.

Up and away like the odors of sunset,
Sweetening the twilight as darkness comes on,
So be my life, something felt but not noticed,
Only remembered by what I have done.

Yes, like the fragrance that wanders in freshness,
Blossoms it came from all closed up and gone,
So would I be to this world’s weary dwellers,
Only remembered by what I have done.

Need there be praise of the love-written record?
Name and an epitaph graven on stone?
Things I have lived for, let them be my story,
I but remembered by what I have done.

I need no shrine, if I have been bearing,
As summer, autumn, move silently on,
The bloom, the fruit and the seed of their season;
I’ll be remembered by what I have done.

No cause need fail, if another succeed me,
Reaping the fields which in spring I have sown;
Plower and sower not missed by the reaper,
Only remembered by what I have done.

No, not myself, but the truth I have spoken,
No, not myself, but the seed I have sown,
Pass down the ages, my name all forgotten,
Only the truth, and the things I have done.

As was my living, so be my dying;
So let my name lie, unblazoned, unknown;
Unpraised, unmissed, I shall still be remembered,
For God records all the things I have done.