Not lost, but gone before

Say, why should friendship grieve for those

Author: Benjamin Clark
Tune: GONE BEFORE
Published in 17 hymnals

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1 Say, why should friendship grieve for those
Who safe arrive on Canaan's shores?
Released from all their hurtful foes,
They are not lost, but gone before.

2 How many painful days on earth
Their fainting spirits numbered o'er!
Now they enjoy a heav'nly birth;
They are not lost, but gone before.

3 Dear is the spot where Christians sleep,
And sweet the strain which angels pour;
O why should we in anguish weep?
They are not lost, but gone before.

4 On Jordan's bank whene'er we come,
And hear the swelling waters roar,
Jesus, convey us safely home,
To friends not lost, but gone before.

Source: The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #641

Author: Benjamin Clark

Clark, Benjamin, published Sacred Emblems with Mixed Pieces, London, 1828. Four pieces as in this work were given in John Rees's Collection, 1823, and one in his Appendix, 1826. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

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First Line: Say, why should friendship grieve for those
Title: Not lost, but gone before
Author: Benjamin Clark

Notes

Say, why should friendship grieve for those? [Death and Burial]. This hymn appeared in the Evangelical Magazine in 1820, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, headed "On seeing a mourning ring inscribed with the words ‘Not lost, but gone before,' "and is signed "B. C," the signature, it is said, of Benjamin Clark. In the enlarged edition of Psalms & Hymns, 1864, by Morrell and How it was given in a rewritten form in 4 stanzas of 4 lines as "Why mourn the dead with hopeless tears?" This in a slightly different form was in Kennedy, 1863. The 1820 text is in P. Maurice's Choral Hymn Book, 1861.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs; suited to the various kinds of Christian worship; and especially designed for and adapted to the Fraternity of the Brethren... #595Page Scan
Association Songs No.1 #d142
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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #581Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #581Page Scan
Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #1096Page Scan
Revival Hymns #340Page Scan
The Baptist Harp: a new collection of hymns for the closet, the family, social worship, and revivals #123Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book: being "The Plymouth Collection" enlarged and adapted to the use of Baptist churches #1096Page Scan
The Baptist Praise Book #1105Page Scan
The Baptist Psalmody: a selection of hymns for the worship of God #1216Page Scan
The Canadian Baptist Hymn Book #686Page Scan
The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #641Text
The Devotional Hymn and Tune Book: for social and public worship #263Page Scan
The Devotional Hymn Book #d409
The Halifax Selection of Hymns: intended as a Supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #d347
Three Hundred Country Chapel Songs and Hymns #d185



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