4948. Oh, How Blest Are Ye Whose Toils Are Ended

1. Oh, how blest are ye whose toils are ended!
Who, through death, have unto God ascended!
Ye have arisen
From the cares which keep us still in prison.

2. We are still as in a dungeon living,
Still oppressed with sorrow and misgiving;
Our undertakings
Are but toils, and troubles, and heart-breakings.

3. Ye meanwhile, are in your chambers sleeping,
Quiet, and set free from all our weeping;
No cross nor trial
Hinders your enjoyments with denial.

4. Christ has wiped away your tears for ever;
Ye have that for which we still endeavor.
To you are chanted
Songs which yet no mortal ear have haunted.

5. Ah! who would not, then, depart with gladness,
To inherit Heaven for earthly sadness?
Who here would languish
Longer in bewailing and in anguish?

6. Come, O Christ, and loose the chains that bind us!
Lead us forth, and cast this world behind us!
With Thee, the Anointed,
Finds the soul its joy and rest appointed.

Text Information
First Line: Oh, how blest are ye whose toils are ended
Title: Oh, How Blest Are Ye Whose Toils Are Ended
German Title: O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen
Author: Simon Dach (1635)
Translator (from German): Henry W. Longfellow
Source: Poets and Poetry of Europe, 1845
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
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Incipit: 13455 43543 13455
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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