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Blessed Are the Dead that Die in the Lord

Hear what the voice from heaven proclaims

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 287 hymnals

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1 Hear what the voice from heaven proclaims
For all the pious dead!
Sweet is the savour of their names,
And soft their dying bed.

2 They die in Jesus, and are blest;
How calm their slumbers are!
From sufferings and from woes released,
And freed from every snare:

3 Till that illustrious morning come,
When all Thy saints shall rise,
And, decked in full immortal bloom,
Attend Thee to the skies.

4 Their tongues, great Prince of Life, shall join
With their recovered breath,
And all the immortal host ascribe
Their victory to Thy death.

Source: Methodist Hymn and Tune Book: official hymn book of the Methodist Church #552

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

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First Line: Hear what the voice from heaven proclaims
Title: Blessed Are the Dead that Die in the Lord
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #2689
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Instances (1 - 3 of 3)

Church Hymnal, Mennonite #617

The Baptist Hymnal #643


The Cyber Hymnal #2689

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