Now that he’s dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.@2 Samuel 12:23
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Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

Charles Wes­ley, Hymns and Sac­red Po­ems 1749, Vol­ume 1, num­ber 170. On the death of a child.

Red­head Ri­chard Red­head, Church Hymn Tunes, An­cient and Mo­dern (Lon­don: 1853) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Richard Redhead (1820–1901)

Wherefore should I make my moan,
Now the darling child is dead?
He to early rest is gone,
He to paradise is fled;
I shall go to him, but he
Never shall return to me.

God forbids his longer stay,
God recalls the precious loan,
God hath taken him away,
From my bosom to His own;
Surely what He wills is best,
Happy in His will I rest.

Faith cries out, It is the Lord!
Let Him do as seems Him good
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Be Thy holy name adored,
Take the gift awhile bestowed;
Take the child, no longer mine,
Thine he is, forever Thine.