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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 54 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.

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]


Source: The Hymnal and Order of Service #604

Author: Mary A. Kidder

Born: March 16, 1820, Boston, Massachusetts. Died: November 25, 1905, Chelsea, Massachusetts. Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, Massachusetts. Kidder, Mary Ann, née Pepper, who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, March 16, 1820, is the author of "Lord, I care not for riches" (Name in the Book of Life desired), and "We shall sleep, but not for ever" (Hope of the Resurrection), both of which are in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs & Solos, 1878. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)… Go to person page >

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