Thou art gone to the grave, but we will not deplore theeAuthor: Reginald Heber
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Thou art gone to the grave, but we will not deplore thee;
Though sorrows and darkness encompass the tomb;
The Savior has passed through its portals before thee,
And the lamp of his love is thy guide through the gloom,
(Repeat previous line).
Thou art gone to the grave—we no longer behold thee,
Nor tread the rough paths of the world by thy side;
But the wide arms of mercy are spread to enfold thee
And sinners may hope, since the Savior hath died.
Thou art gone to the grave—and thy cradle's forsaken.
With us thy fond spirit did not tarry long,
But the sunshine of heaven beamed bright on thy waking,
And the sound thou didst hear was the seraphim's song.
Thou art gone to the grave, but 'twere wrong to deplore thee,
When God was thy ransom, and guardian, and guide.
He gave thee, and took thee, and soon will restore thee,
Where death hath no sting, since the Savior hath died.
The Southern Harmony
Thou art gone to the grave! but we will not deplore thee. Bishop R. Heber. [Death and Burial.] Was written in Decem¬ber, 1818, on the death of his daughter, aged six months. (Memoirs, volines i. p. 501.) So far as is at present known its earliest publication was in the Rev. Carus Wilson's Friendly Visitor, for August, 1824. It is also found, with variations, in stanza iii. in a volume of Sacred Poetry, Edin.: W. Oliphant, N.D. In 1827, the text, as in the Friendly Visitor, was included in Bp. Heber's posthumous Hymns, p. 150. It is rendered into Latin by R. Bingham in his Hymnologia Christiana Latina, 1871, as "Mortuos inter resides, et absens."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 3 of 3)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|The Baptist Hymnal: for use in the church and home #645||Thou art gone to the grave; but we will not deplore thee||Thou art gone to the grave; but we will not deplore thee||Reginald Heber||2012|
|The Cyber Hymnal #6675||Thou Art Gone to the Grave||Thou art gone to the grave, but we will not deplore thee||NEW BRAUNFELS||Reginald Heber, 1783-1826||188.8.131.52|
|The Sacred Harp: the best collection of sacred songs, hymns, odes, and anthems ever offered the singing public for general use (1991 rev.) #158||Thou art gone to the grave, but we will not deplore thee||FUNERAL THOUGHT||1991|