1 Though nature's voice you must obey,
Think, while your swelling griefs o'erflow,
That hand, which takes your joys away,
That sov'reign hand can heal your woe.
2 And, while your mournful thoughts deplore
The parent gone, remov'd the friend!
With hearts resign'd, his grace adore,
On whom your nobler hopes depend.
3 Does he not bid his children come
Through death's dark shades to realms of light?
Yet, when he calls them to their home
Shall fond survivors mourn their flight?
4 His word--here let your souls rely--
Immortal consolation gives:
Your heav'nly Father cannot die,
Th'eternal Friend for ever lives.
5 O be that best of friends your trust;
On his almighty arm recline.
He, when your comforts sink in dust,
Can give you comforts more divine.
|First Line:||Though nature's voice you must obey|
|Topic:||Particular Occasions and Circumstances: On the Death of Relatives and Friends; On the death of a parent|