Servant of God, well done, Rest from thy loved employAuthor: James Montgomery
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Servant of God, well done!
Rest from thy loved employ!
The battle fought, the victory won,
Enter thy Master's joy.
The voice at midnight came,
He started up to hear;
A mortal arrow pierced his frame,
He fell,--but felt no fear.
Tranquil amidst alarms,
It found him on the field,
A veteran slumbering on his arms,
Beneath his red-cross shield.
His sword was in his hand,
Still warm with recent fight,
Ready that moment, at command,
Through rock and steel to smite.
It was a two-edged blade
Of heavenly temper, keen;
And double were the wounds it made,
Where'er it glanced between.
'Twas death to sin,--'twas life
To all who mourn'd for sin;
It kindled and it silenced strife,
Made war and peace within.
Oft with its fiery force
His arm had quell'd the foe,
And laid, resistless in his course,
The alien armies low.
Bent on such glorious toils,
The world to him was loss,
Yet all his trophies, all his spoils,
He hung upon the Cross.
At midnight came the cry,
"To meet thy God prepare!"
He woke,--and caught his Captain's eye;
Then, strong in faith and prayer,--
His spirit, with a bound,
Left its encumbering clay;
His tent, at sunrise, on the ground,
A darken'd ruin lay.
The pains of death are past,
Labour and sorrow cease;
And life's long warfare closed at last,
His soul is found in peace.
Soldier of Christ, well done!
Praise be thy new employ;
And while eternal ages run,
Rest in thy Saviour's joy.
Sacred Poems and Hymns, 1854
Servant of God, well done! Thy glorious warfare's past. C. Wesley. [Death and Burial of a Minister.] This hymn, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines, was printed at the end of the Funeral Sermon by John Wesley, on the death of G. Whitefield. (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. vi. 316.) Whitefield died on Sept. 30, 1770, and J. Wesley preached the Funeral Sermon at the Tabernacle, Tottenham Court Road, and again at Moorfields on Nov. 18, 1770. He also preached on the same subject at Greenwich and at Deptford. His remark in his Journal is, “In every place I wish to show all possible respect to the memory of that great and good man." It must be noted that this hymn is a distinct piece from C. Wesley's Elegy on the Death of the Rev. George Whitefield.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 2 of 2)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Moravian Book of Worship #811||Servant of God, Well Done||Servant of God, well done!||ST. MICHAEL||James Montgomery||S.M.||Matthew 25:21; 2 Timothy 4:7-8; Revelation 7:9-17||1995||Death and Life to Come | ; Christian vocation | ; Death of Believers | ; Funeral and memorial service ||
|The Cyber Hymnal #5978||Servant of God, Well Done! (Montgomery)||Servant of God, well done||NEARER HOME||James Montgomery||SMD||<cite>Greenland and Other Poems</cite>, 1819|