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Sticheron (From the Burial Office for a Layman)

Come friends behold me here

Translator: John Brownlie
Published in 1 hymnal

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Come friends behold me here,
Speechless and breathless lying;
Held in the arms of death;--
Come with your tears and sighing.

But yesterday I lived,
And walked, and spoke with you:
Come friends, with the last kiss.
Bid me a long adieu.

For I shall walk no more
The wonted paths we trod;
My voice is stilled, I go
To speak alone with God.

The Judge has called me hence,--
To Whom the wise and great,
The warrior and the king,
Are men of one estate.

Ah! not the name I bore
Shall final doom recall;
The life of each lies bare,
Before the Judge of all.

For all the good I've done,
For all the ill and blame,--
Shall come to me in full,
The honour or the shame.

Call ye on Christ our God
That by His saving might,
I may a dwelling find
Among the sons of light.

Hymns of the Holy Eastern Church, 1902

Translator: John Brownlie

Brownlie, John, was born at Glasgow, Aug. 6, 1859, and was educated at Glasgow University, and at the Free Church College in the same city. In 1884 he was licensed by the Presbytery of Glasgow; in 1885 he became Assistant Minister of the Free Church, Portpatrick, and on the death of the Senior Minister in 1890 he entered upon the full charge of the Church there. He has interested himself in educational matters, became a Member of the local School Board in 1888, a governor of Stranraer High School in 1897, and Chairman of the governors in 1901. His hymnological works are:— 1. The Hymns and Hymnwriters of the [Scottish] Church Hymnary, 1899. This is a biographical, historical, and critical companion to that hymnal, and is well done and… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Come friends behold me here
Title: Sticheron (From the Burial Office for a Layman)
Greek Title: ὁρῶντές με ἄφωνον καὶ ἄπνουν προκείμενον
Translator: John Brownlie
Meter: 6.7.6.7
Source: Euchologion, p. 419
Language: English
Publication Date: 1902
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.
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