Take comfort, Christians, when your friendsAuthor: John Logan
Published in 17 hymnals
Take comfort, Christians, when your friends
in Jesus fall asleep;
Their better being never ends;
why then dejected weep?
Why inconsolable, as those
to whom no hope is giv’n?
Death is the messenger of peace,
and calls the soul to heav’n.
As Jesus died, and rose again
victorious from the dead;
So his disciples rise, and reign
with their triumphant Head.
The time draws nigh, when from the clouds
Christ shall with shouts descend,
And the last trumpet’s awful voice
the heav’ns and earth shall rend.
Then they who live shall changed be,
and they who sleep shall wake;
The graves shall yield their ancient charge,
and earth’s foundations shake.
The saints of God, from death set free,
with joy shall mount on high;
The heav’nly hosts with praises loud
shall meet them in the sky,
Together to their Father’s house
with joyful hearts they go;
And dwell for ever with the Lord,
beyond the reach of woe.
A few short years of evil past,
we reach the happy shore,
where death-divided friends at last
shall meet, to part no more.
Take comfort, Christians, when your friends. J. Logan. [Sorrow, but not without Hope.] First published in the Scottish Translations and Paraphrases, 1781, No. liii., in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, and based on 1 Thess. iv. 13-18. In many American collections a cento beginning with stanzas iii., "As Jesus died and rose again," is given for Easter, and is most suitable for that purpose. It is given in Hatfield's Church Hymns, N. Y., 1872, &c. We have ascribed this paraphrase to John Logan, and not to Michael Bruce.
--Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 17 of 17)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|A Collection of Hymns: Supplementary to the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #463||Take comfort, Christians, when your friends||1859|
|A Selection of Hymns #d261||Take comfort, Christians, when your friends||John Logan||1833|
|African Methodist Episcopal hymn and tune book: adapted to the doctrine and usages of the church. #690||Take comfort, Christians, when your friends||METROPOLITAN||Anon.||C. M.||1 Thessalonians 4:13-14||1898|
|Christian Psalmody, in Four Parts; containing Dr. Watt's Psalms Abridged; Dr. Watt's Hymns Abridged; Select Hymns from Other Authors; and Select Harmony: together with directions... (2nd. ed.) #SH228||Take comfort, christians, when your friends||1817||Scotch Par.|
|Family Hymns #d225||Take comfort, Christians, when your friends||John Logan||1831|
|Hymns for Christian Melody #889||Take comfort, Christians, when your friends||John Logan||1835|
|Hymns for Social Worship: selected from Watts, Doddridge, Newton, Cowper, Steele and others #518||Take comfort, christians, when your friends||1840||Scotch Par.|
|Hymns for the Church on Earth: being three hundred and sixty-six hymns and spiritual songs. (For the most part of modern date.) (New Ed.) #98||Take comfort, Christians, when your friends||1883|
|Scottish Psalter and Paraphrases #R53||Take comfort, Christians, when your friends||8,6,8,6||1 Thessalonians 4:13-18||1800|
|Select Hymns: the third part of Christian Psalmody; with directions for musical expression (Stereotype ed.) #228||Take comfort, Christians, when your friends||John Logan||1823|
|Spiritual Songs for a Month. 1st Am. from the 6th Eng. ed. #d46||Take comfort, Christians, when your friends||John Logan||1855|
|Spiritual Songs, Being One Hyndred Hymns Not to be Found in the Hymn Books Commonly Used. New Am. from the Enl. English ed. #d75||Take comfort, Christians, when your friends||John Logan||1858|
|The African Methodist Episcopal Hymn and Tune Book: adapted to the doctrines and usages of the church (6th ed.) #690||Take comfort, Christians, when your friends||Anon.||1902|
|The Book of Praise #622||Take comfort, Christians, when your friends||ST. FLAVIAN||C. M.||1 Thessalonians 4:17||1918||The Christian Life | Death, Resurrection, and the Heavenly Glory; God: His Attributes, Works and Word | The Lord Jesus Christ - His Coming in Power||Scottish Paraphrase, 1781|
|The Presbyterian Book of Praise: approved and commended by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, with Tunes #325||Take comfort, Christians, when your friends||STROUDWATER||Michael Bruce||C. M.||Job 1:21; 2 Corinthians 5:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 4:13||1897||The Christian Life | Death, Resurrection and Judgment|
|The Presbyterian Book of Praise: approved and commended by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada; With tunes; Part I. Selections from the Psalter. Part II. The Hymnal, rev, and en. #325||Take comfort, Christians, when your friends||Michael Bruce||1915|
|The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D.: to which are added select hymns, from other authors; and directions for musical expression (New ed.) #D228||Take comfort, Christians, when your friends||John Logan||1842|