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O for the death of those

O for the death of those

Author: Anonymous
Published in 179 hymnals

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1 Oh for the death of those
Who slumber in the Lord!
Oh be like theirs my last repose,
Like theirs my last reward.

2 Their bodies, in the ground,
In silent hope may lie,
Till the last trumpet’s joyful sound
Shall call them to the sky

3 Their ransomed spirits soar,
On wings of faith and love,
To meet the Savior they adore,
And reign with Him above.

4 With us their names shall live
Through long succeeding years,
Embalmed with all our hearts can give,
Our praises and our tears.

5 Oh for the death of those
Who slumber in the Lord!
Oh be like theirs my last repose,
Like theirs my last reward.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #12190

Author: Anonymous

In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn's author is unknown to them, and so this artificial "person" entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to "Author Unknown" "Unknown" or "Anonymous" could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries. Go to person page >

Text Information


O for the death of those. [Burial.] The opening line of this hymn is the first line of J. Montgomery's "Ode to the Volunteers of Britain, On the Prospect of Invasion," published in his Wanderer of Switzerland and Other Poems, 1819; and the third line of stanza i. is partly from the last stanza but one of the same "Ode." From these extracts, and the whole tone and swing of the hymn, it is clear that it was suggested by the "Ode”. It appeared anonymously in Mason and Greene's American Church Psalmody, Boston, 1831, No. 616, in 5 stanza of 4 1. It is given in several modern American collections, including Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, 1872, and others. It is sometimes ascribed to J. Montgomery, and at other times to S. F. Smith, but in each case in error. Its authorship is unknown. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



The Cyber Hymnal #12190
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The Baptist Hymnal: for use in the church and home #633
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