Earth to earth and dust to dust, Here the evil and the just

Earth to earth and dust to dust, Here the evil and the just

Author: George Croly
Tune: ECCE HOMO (Monk)
Published in 8 hymnals

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1 Earth to earth, and dust to dust
Here the evil and the just,
Here the youthful and the old,
Here the fearful and the bold,
Here the matron and the maid,
In one silent bed are laid;
Here the vassal and the king
Side by side lie withering;
Here the sword and scepter rust—
Earth to earth and dust to dust!

2 Age on age shall roll along
O’er this pale and mighty throng;
Those that wept them, those that weep,
All shall with these sleepers sleep;
Brothers, sisters of the worm,
Summer’s storm, or winter’s storm,
Song of peace, or battle’s roar,
Ne’er shall break their slumbers more;
Death shall keep his solemn trust—
Earth to earth, and dust to dust.

3 But a day is coming fast,
Earth, thy mightiest and thy last;
It shall come and fear and wonder,
Heralded by trump and thunder;
It shall come in strife and toil;
It shall come in blood and spoil;
It shall come in empire’s groans,
Burning temples, trampled thrones.
Then, Ambition, rue thy lust!
Earth to earth and dust to dust!

4 Then shall come the judgment sign,
In the east the King shall shine;
Flashing from Heav’n’s golden gate,
Thousand thousands round His state;
Spirits with the crown and plume,
Tremble then, thou sullen tomb!
Heav’n shall open on our sight,
Earth be turned to living light,
Kingdoms of the ransomed just—
Earth to earth, and dust to dust.

5 Then shall, gorgeous as a gem,
Shine thy mount, Jerusalem;
Then shall in the desert rise
Fruits of more than paradise;
Earth by angel feet be trod,
One great garden of her God;
Till are dried the martyr’s tears
Through a glorious thousand years.
Now in hope of Him we trust—
Earth to earth, and dust to dust!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9908

Author: George Croly

Croly, George, LL.D., born in Dublin, Aug. 17, 1780, and educated at the Dublin University (M.A. 1804, LL.D. 1831). After taking Holy Orders, he laboured in Ireland till about 1810, when he took up his residence in London, and devoted himself to literature. In 1835 he succeeded to the united benefices of St. Stephen's, Walbrook, and St. Benet Sherehog, retaining the same till his death, which occurred suddenly in the public street, Holborn, Nov. 24, 1860. His prose publications, in addition to contributions to Blackwood's Magazine, were numerous, and dealt with biographical, historical, and scriptural subjects. His hymns were given in his— Psalms and Hymns for Public Worship. Written and compiled by the Rev. George Croly, LL.D. London… Go to person page >

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First Line: Earth to earth and dust to dust, Here the evil and the just
Author: George Croly
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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