593. Why Do We Mourn Departing Friends

1 Why do we mourn departing friends
Or shake at death’s alarms?
’Tis but the voice that Jesus sends
To call them to His arms.

2 Are we not tending upward, too,
As fast as time can move?
Nor would we wish the hours more slow
To keep us from our Love.

3 Why should we tremble to convey
Their bodies to the tomb?
There the dear flesh of Jesus lay
And scattered all the gloom.

4 The graves of all His saints He blest
And softened ev'ry bed.
Where should the dying members rest
But with the dying Head?

5 Thence He arose, ascending high,
And showed our feet the way.
Up to the Lord, we, too, shall fly,
At the great rising-day.

6 Then let the last loud trumpet sound
And bid our kindred rise:
Awake, ye nations under ground!
Ye saints, ascend the skies!

Amen.

Text Information
First Line: Why do we mourn departing friends
Title: Why Do We Mourn Departing Friends
Author: Isaac Watts (1707, alt.)
Meter: C.M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Scripture:
Topic: The Last Things: Death and Burial
Tune Information
Name: DOMINE, CLAMAVI
Composer: Justin H. Knecht (1797)
Meter: C.M.
Key: f minor



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