Scripture Verse

Ever the silver cord be loosed…then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. Ecclesiastes 12:6–7

Introduction

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Maria F. Anderson
1819–1895

Words: Ma­ria F. An­der­son, in The Bap­tist Harp (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­vania: Am­er­ican Bap­tist Pub­li­ca­tion So­cie­ty, 1849), num­ber 112. The bereaved husband.

Music: Sil­ver Cord George C. Steb­bins, 1894 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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George C. Stebbins
1846–1945

Lyrics

Yes, she is gone—yet do not thou
The goodness of the Lord distrust;
But meekly to His wisdom bow,
Who lays thy loved one in the dust.
The form is there—but seek not there
The spirit born for light and love;
Look upward—free from sin and care,
It rests in joy with God above.

Through many checkered scenes of life
Ye hand in hand have journeyed on;
For her the labor and the strife
Are o’er—the peaceful goal is won.
The pleasant voice and cheering smile,
Which oft have soothed thy harassed mind,
Are gone but for a little while,
She hath not left thee far behind.

Then mourn not that an heir of grace,
Has reached the goal of hope and faith,
Press onward in the Chris­tian race,
Brief is your parting now by death;
Soon thou too wilt be called to leave
This earth, where sadly thou dost roam;
Soon, joyfully wilt thou receive,
In Heav’n, her gentle Welcome home.