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Set Bounds to Your Sorrow

Set bounds to thy sorrow and grieving

Author: Aurelius Clemens Prudentius
Published in 3 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Set bounds to thy sorrow and grieving,
And seek in God's word thy relieving;
Let mourning not grow into sinning;
This dying is true life's beginning.

2 Bound up in its shroud, amidst weeping,
This corpse is laid down to its sleeping,
Let emblems of sleep be the token,
That one day death's bonds shall be broken.

3 Although now the heart no more beateth,
The eye with thine own never meeteth,
God's sleeping ones are not forsaken;
From slumber He'll bid them awaken

4 This body, so wasted and shattered,
This dust that 'midst dust shall be scattered,
Shall then be raised up, and inherit
New life with the glorified spirits.

5 The grain sown to-day in the furrow,
No trace leaves behind it to-morrow,
Yet lo, soon the fresh blade is springing,
Glad cheer to the husbandman bringing!

6 O Earth, we lay down in thy bosom
A seed from which life once shall blossom;
Receive it in charge of its Maker:
'Tis therefore we call thee God's acre.

7 A soul in this frame was residing
That trustfully followed Christ's guiding,
And now sees unveiled the salvation
It hoped for with glad expectation.

8 This body--O Earth, thou must shield it;
Now to thy safe keeping we yield it,
Till Christ comes again, to awake it
And like to His body to make it.

9 We praise Thee and thank Thee, O Father,
That Thou Thine own children dost gather
To sleep after life's fitful story;
From sleep, to the mansions of glory.

Source: Hymn Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran schools and congregations #121

Author: Aurelius Clemens Prudentius

Marcus Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, "The Christian Pindar" was born in northern Spain, a magistrate whose religious convictions came late in life. His subsequent sacred poems were literary and personal, not, like those of St. Ambrose, designed for singing. Selections from them soon entered the Mozarabic rite, however, and have since remained exquisite treasures of the Western churches. His Cathemerinon liber, Peristephanon, and Psychomachia were among the most widely read books of the Middle Ages. A concordance to his works was published by the Medieval Academy of America in 1932. There is a considerable literature on his works. --The Hymnal 1940 Companion… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Set bounds to thy sorrow and grieving
Title: Set Bounds to Your Sorrow
German Title: Hört auf mit Trauern und klagen
Author: Aurelius Clemens Prudentius
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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Hymn Book for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Schools and Congregations #d105

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Hymn Book #121

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Lutheran Hymnal for the Sunday School #50

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