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592. I Know of a Sleep in Jesus' Name

1 I know of a sleep in Jesus' name,
A rest from all toil and sorrow;
Earth folds in her arms my weary frame
And shelters it till the morrow;
My soul is at home with God in heav'n,
Her sorrows are past and over.

2 I know of a peaceful eventide;
And when I am faint and weary,
At times with the journey sorely tried,
Thro' hours that are long and dreary,
Then often I yearn to lay me down
And sink into blissful slumber.

3 I know of a morning bright and fair
When tidings of joy shall wake us,
When songs from on high shall fill the air
And God to His glory take us,
When Jesus shall bid us rise from sleep--
How joyous that hour of waking!

4 Oh, that is a morning dear to me,
And oft, o'er the mountains streaming,
In spirit its heav'nly light I see
As golden the peaks are beaming.
Then sing I for joy like birds at dawn
That carol in lofty lindens.

5 God's Son to our graves then takes His way,
His voice hear all tribes and nations;
The portals are rent that guard our clay,
And moved are the sea's foundations.
He calls out aloud, "Ye dead, come forth!"
In glory we rise to meet Him.

6 O Jesus, draw near my dying bed
And take me into Thy keeping
And say when my spirit hence is fled,
"This child is not dead, but sleeping."
And leave me not, Savior, till I rise
To praise Thee in life eternal.


Text Information
First Line: I know of a sleep in Jesus' name
Title: I Know of a Sleep in Jesus' Name
Norwegian Title: Jeg ved mig en Söven i Jesu Navn
Author: Magnus B. Landstad (1861, ab.)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Topic: The Last Things: Death and Burial
Source: Tr. composite
Tune Information
Composer: Christoph E. F. Weyse (1826)
Key: C Major

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