We shall sleep, but not forever

We shall sleep, but not forever

Author: Mary A. Kidder
Tune: [We shall sleep, but not forever] (Vail)
Published in 57 hymnals

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1 We shall sleep, but not forever,
There will be a glorious dawn;
We shall meet to part--no, never,
On the resurrection morn!
From the deepest caves of ocean,
From the desert and the plain,
From the valley and the mountain,
Countless throngs shall rise again.

Refrain:
We shall sleep, but not forever,
There will be a glorious dawn;
We shall meet, to part--no, never,
On the resurrection morn!

2 When we see a precious blossom
That we tended with such care
Rudely taken from our bosom,
How our aching hearts despair!
Round its little grave we linger,
Till the setting sun is low,
Feeling all our hopes have perished
With the flower we cherished so. [Refrain]

3 We shall sleep, but not forever,
In the lone and silent grave:
Blessèd be the Lord that taketh,
Blessèd be the Lord that gave.
In the bright, eternal city,
Death can never, never come!
In His own good time He’ll call us
From our rest to home, sweet home. [Refrain]

Amen.

Source: The Hymnal and Order of Service #604

Author: Mary A. Kidder

Mary Ann Pepper Kidder USA 1820-1905. Born at Boston, MA, she was a poet, writing from an early age. She went blind at age 16, but miraculously recovered her sight the following year. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1844 she married Ellis Usher Kidder, a music publisher, working for the firm founded by his brother, Andrew, and they had three children: Mary Frances, Edward, and Walter. That year they moved to Charlestown, MA, and in 1857 to New York City. When the American Civil War broke out, Ellis enlisted in the 4th Regiment as a private. Mustered in for two years of service, he died of disease in 1862, six days after participating in the Battle of Antietam. Left alone, with three children to care for, her… Go to person page >

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First Line: We shall sleep, but not forever
Author: Mary A. Kidder
Copyright: Public Domain

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