The precious seed of weepingAuthor: Karl Johann Philipp Spitta; Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1863)
Tune: PASSION CHORALE (Hassler)
Published in 9 hymnals
1 The precious seed of weeping
To-day we sow once more,
The form of one now sleeping,
Whose pilgrimage is o'er.
Ah, death but safely lands him
Where we too would attain;
Our Father's voice demands him,
And death to him is gain.
2 He has what we are wanting,
He sees what we believe;
The sins on earth so haunting
Have there no power to grieve;
Safe in His Saviour's keeping
Who sent him calm release;
'Tis only we are weeping,
He dwells in perfect peace.
3 The crown of life he weareth.
He bears the shining palm,
The "Holy, holy," shareth,
And joins the angels' psalm;
But we poor pilgrims wander
Still through this land of woe,
Till we shall meet him yonder,
And all his joy shall know.
Source: Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #554
Am Grabe stehn wir stille. C. J. P. Spitta. [Burial of the Dead.] First published in Series i. of his Psalter und Harfe, Leipzig, 1833, p. 140 (ed. 1838, p. 155), in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, entitled "At the Grave." Taken by his colleague, Pastor Borchers, as the text of his oration at Spitta's funeral, Sunday, Oct. 1, 1859 (Münkel's Spitta, 1861, pp. 283-284). Included as No. 2918 in Knapp's Evangelischer Lieder-Schatz ed. 1850.
Translation in common use:—
The precious seed of weeping. An excellent translation, as No. 98, by Miss Winkworth in her Chorale Book for England, 1863. Thence, unaltered, as No. 236 in Allon's Supplemental Hymns, 1868, as No. 554 in the Pennsylvania Lutheran Church Book, 1808, and as No. 1010 in the American Methodist Episcopal Hymnal, 1878.
Other translations are:—
(1.) ”Now weeping at the grave we stand," by Miss Winkworth, 1858, p. 118. (2.) "Beside the dark grave standing," by M. Massie, 1860, p. 138. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 9 of 9)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Chorale Book for England, The #98||The precious seed of weeping||The precious seed of weeping||Spitta||1863|
|Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #554||The precious seed of weeping||The precious seed of weeping||Miss Winkworth; Charles John Spitta||1868|
|Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #554||The precious seed of weeping||The precious seed of weeping||O HAUPT VOLL BLUT Y. WUNDEN||Charles John Spitta; Miss Winkworth||7, 6.||1890||Death and Eternity | Burial; Easter Eve ||
|Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #1010||The precious seed of weeping||The precious seed of weeping||Miss C. Winkworth; Carl J. P. Spitta||1878|
|Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #1010||Present with the Lord||The precious seed of weeping||Miss C. Winkworth; Carl J. P. Spitta||7. 6.||1891||Death | Of Saints; Pilgrim | Home of; Weeping ||
|Hymns of the Church Universal #484||The precious seed of weeping||The precious seed of weeping||C. J. P. Spitta||1890|
|The Carol #d193||The precious seed of weeping||The precious seed of weeping||Carl Johann Philipp Spitta||1886|
|The Clifton Chapel Collection of "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs": for public, social and family worship and private devotions at the Sanitarium, Clifton Springs, N. Y. #1434||The precious seed of weeping||The precious seed of weeping||Rev. Carl J. P. Spitta, 1801-1859; Catherine Winkworth, 1827-||1881|
|Unitarian Service Book, and Hymns for Church and Home. Abridged ed. #d419||The precious seed of weeping||The precious seed of weeping||Carl Johann Philipp Spitta||1904|