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A Funeral Hymn for a Believer

Ah! lovely appearance of death, No sight upon earth is so fair

Author: Charles Wesley
Tune: CORYDON (55455)
Published in 84 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Ah! lovely Appearance of Death,
No Sight upon Earth is so fair;
Not all the gay Pageants that breathe,
Can with a dead Body compare.

2 With solemn Delight I survey
The Corps, when the Spirit is fled,
In Love with the beautiful Clay,
And longing to lie in his stead.

3 How blest is our Brother, bereft
Of all that could burden his Mind?
How easy the Soul, that hath left
This wearisome Body behind!

4 Of Evil incapable thou,
Whose Relicts with Envy I see;
No longer in Misery now,
No longer a Sinner like me.

5 This Earth is affected no more,
With Sickness, or shaken with Pain;
The War in the Members is o'er,
And never shall vex him again.

6 No Anger henceforward, or Shame,
Shall redden this innocent Clay;
Extinct is the Animal Flame,
And Passion is vanish'd away.

7 This languishing Head is at rest,
Its Thinking and Aching are o'er;
This quiet immoveable Breast
Is heav'd by Affliction no more.

8 This Heart is no longer the Seat
Of Trouble and torturing Pain;
It ceases to flutter and beat,
I never shall flutter again.

9 The Lids he so seldom could close,
by Sorrow forbidden to sellp,
Seal'd up in eternal Repose,
Have strangely forgotten to weep.

10 The Fountains can yield no Supplies,
These Hollows from Waters are free!
The Tears are all wip'd from these Eyes,
And Evil they never shall see.

11 To mourn and to suffer is mine,
While bound in a Prison I breathe;
And still for Deliverance pine,
And press to the Issues of Death.

12 What now with my Tears I bedew,
O might I this Moment become,
My Spirit created anew,
My Flesh be consign'd to the Tomb.



Source: The Christians Duty, exhibited, in a series of Hymns: collected from various authors, designed for the worship of God, and for the edification of Christians (1st Ed.) #II

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Ah! lovely appearance of death, No sight upon earth is so fair
Title: A Funeral Hymn for a Believer
Author: Charles Wesley
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Ah, lovely appearance of death. C. Wesley. [Burial.] First published in his Funeral Hymns (1st Ser.), 1746, No. v., and entitled "On the sight of a Corpse." The body is supposed to have been that of a young man who died at Cardiff, Aug. 1744; as, concerning him, C. Wesley wrote in his Journal of that date, "The Spirit, at its departure, had left marks of its happiness on the clay. No sight upon earth, in my eyes, is half so lovely." In 1780 it was included in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, but omitted in the revised edition of 1875. Original text, Poetical Works of J. & C. Wesley, 1868-72, vol. vi. p. 193. The text of this hymn was revised by the author about 1782, and reduced to 5 stanzas. Details of the manuscript alterations are given in the Poetical Works, vol. vi. p. 212. Although omitted from the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1875, it is still retained in many collections in Great Britain and America. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Hymns #557

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A Collection of Hymns #48

A New and Beautiful Collection of Select Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d3

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A New Selection of Hymns #CIII

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A Pocket hymn book, designed as a constant companion for the pious #CLXXXII

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A Pocket Hymn-book #182

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A Selection of Hymns & Psalms #403

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #S.CXXV

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #S.CXXV

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A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors. #A81

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A Selection of Hymns, from the Best Authors #7

A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors #d6

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns #326

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns #CCCXXVI

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns #326

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General Collection of Hymns, Original and Selected, for Use of Christians #d4

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Hymns and Psalms, Original and Modern, Selected and Revised #d9

Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d6

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. (8th ed.) #b238

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Hymns for Christian Melody #875

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Hymns, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. (5th ed. corr.) #105

Hymns, Original and Selected, for the use of Christians #d4

Hymns, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. 8th ed. #d4

Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs, including Some Never Before in Print #d4

Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons 3rd Am. from 9th London ed. #d3

Pocket Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church #d2

Pocket Hymn Book, Designed as a Constant Companion. 25th ed. #d2

Primitive Baptist Hymn and Tune book #d6

Psalms and Hymns for Public worship, Containing All the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts ... #d7

Seamen's Devotional Assistant and Mariners' Hymns (American Seamen's Friend Society) #d8

Select Hymns #d2

Select Psalms and Hymns for Youth and Suitable for All Singing Schools #d1

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The Christian Harmonist #231

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The Christian's Duty #II

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The Christians Duty, exhibited, in a series of Hymns #II

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The Cluster of Spiritual Songs, Divine Hymns and Sacred Poems #DCXVI

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The Discipline of the United Freewill Baptist Church #40

The Dover Selection of Spiritual Songs #d3

The Dover Selection of Spiritual Songs, with an Appendix of Choice Hymns #d3

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A Collection of Hymns, for the Use of the People Called Methodists, with a Supplement #48

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the Most Approved Authors #CCCLXIII

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns #CCCLXIII

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