They whose course on earth is o'er

They whose course on earth is o'er

Author: J. M. Neale
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1 They whose course on earth is o’er,
Think they of their brethren more?
They before the throne who bow,
Feel they for their brethren now?

2 We by enemies distrest,
They in paradise at rest;
We the captives, they the freed;
We and they are one indeed:

3 One in all we seek or shun,
One, because our Lord is one;
One in heart and one in love;
We below, and they above.

4 Those whom space on earth divides,
Mountains, rivers, ocean-tides;
Have they with each other part?
Have they fellowship in heart?

5 Each to each may be unknown,
Wide apart their lots be thrown;
Yet in sacrament and prayer
Each with other hath a share.

6 Saints departed, even thus
Hold communion still with us;
Still with us, beyond the veil
Praising, pleading without fail.

7 So with them our hearts we raise,
Share their work and join their praise,
Rendering worship, thanks and love
To the Trinity above.

Source: The New English Hymnal #462

Author: J. M. Neale

Neale, John Mason, D.D., was born in Conduit Street, London, on Jan. 24, 1818. He inherited intellectual power on both sides: his father, the Rev. Cornelius Neale, having been Senior Wrangler, Second Chancellor's Medallist, and Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, and his mother being the daughter of John Mason Good, a man of considerable learning. Both father and mother are said to have been "very pronounced Evangelicals." The father died in 1823, and the boy's early training was entirely under the direction of his mother, his deep attachment for whom is shown by the fact that, not long before his death, he wrote of her as "a mother to whom I owe more than I can express." He was educated at Sherborne Grammar School, and was afterwards… Go to person page >

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First Line: They whose course on earth is o'er
Author: J. M. Neale
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


They whose course on earth is o'er. J. M. Neale. [Communion of Saints.] First published in his Hymns for the Young, 1844, No. xv., in 9 stanzas of 4 lines, and based on the article of the Creed "The Communion of Saints." In 1866, Dr. Neale revised the text on his death-bed, and made alterations in stanzas iv., v. and ix. This text was published in his posthumous Original Sequences, Hymns, and other Ecclesiastical Verses, 1866, p. 64, and given there for All Souls at Vespers. The same text was repeated in the People's Hymnal, 1867; and, with the omission of stanzas ii., in the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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