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Gather Up, O Earth,Thy Dead

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1 Gather up, O earth, thy dead,
Grass! thy peaceful pillow spread;
Add another mortal’s bed
To the bed where mortals sleep;
Where they sleep—but not to rise,
When morn’s sunlight clears the skies,
But to rest—while centuries
Their long-during watches keep.

2 Centuries shall pass away,
Earth shall hasten to decay;
Days will bring of days the Day
When the exhausted cycles end;
Then earth’s every fugitive
Shall appear—the grave shall give
Up its dead—the dead shall live,
And the eternal Judge descend.

3 Day of wonders! Day of woe!
Day of evil’s overthrow!
Day of joy! when all shall know—
Know, and see the Lord of Heaven—
Then, Oh, then, may hope appear,
Faith our fainting spirits cheer,
Love dry up the trembling tear,
Whispering sweetly, "Sins forgiven."

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10501

Author: John Bowring

James Bowring was born at Exeter, in 1792. He possessed at an early age a remarkable power of attaining languages, and acquired some reputation by his metrical translations of foreign poems. He became editor of "The Westminster Review" in 1825, and was elected to Parliament in 1835. In 1849, he was appointed Consul at Canton, and in 1854, was made Governor of Hong Kong, and received the honour of knighthood. He is the author of some important works on politics and travel, and is the recipient of several testimonials from foreign governments and societies. His poems and hymns have also added to his reputation. His "Matins and Vespers" have passed through many editions. In religion he is a Unitarian. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charl… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Gather up, O earth, thy dead
Title: Gather Up, O Earth,Thy Dead
Author: John Bowring
Meter: 7.7.7.7 D
Source: A Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Worship by John Relly Beard (London: John Green, 1837)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Tune

[Holy Spirit, faithful Guide] (Wells)

Converted to Christianity as a youth at a mission in Buffalo, New York, Marcus Morris Wells (b. Cooperstown, NY, 1815; d. Hartwick, NY, 1895) spent most of his life near Hartwick as a farmer and maker of farm implements. He is remembered in hymnody for writing both the text and tune of "Holy Spirit,…

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