656. If Death My Friend and Me Divide

1 If death my friend and me divide,
thou dost not, Lord, my sorrow chide,
or frown my tears to see;
restrained from passionate excess,
thou bidst me mourn in calm distress
for them that rest in thee.

2 I feel a strong immortal hope,
which bears my mournful spirit up
beneath its mountain load;
redeemed from death, and grief, and pain,
I soon shall find my friend again
within the arms of God.

3 Pass a few fleeting moments more
and death the blessing shall restore
which death has snatched away;
for me thou wilt the summons send,
and give me back my parted friend
in that eternal day.

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First Line: If death my friend and me divide
Title: If Death My Friend and Me Divide
Author: Charles Wesley (1762)
Publication Date: 1989
Topic: The Sacraments and Rites of the Church: Funeral and Memorial Service; Christian Year: All Saints Day; Funerals and Memorial Services (2 more...)
Notes: Hymn text.
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