When downward to the darksome tomb

When downward to the darksome tomb

Author: Ray Palmer
Tune: SHARON (Wallhead)
Published in 43 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 When downward to the darksome tomb
I thoughtful turn my eyes,
Frail nature trembles at the gloom,
And anxious fears arise.

2 Why shrinks my soul? In death’s embrace
Once Jesus captive slept;
And angels, hovering o’er the place,
His lowly pillow kept.

3 Thus shall they guard my sleeping dust,
And, as the Savior rose,
The grave again shall yield her trust,
And end my deep repose.

4 My Lord, before to glory gone,
Shall bid me come away;
And calm and bright shall break the dawn
Of Heaven’s eternal day.

Then let my faith each fear dispel,
And gild with light the grave;
To Him my loftiest praises swell,
Who died from death to save.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10408

Author: Ray Palmer

Ray Palmer (b. Little Compton, RI, 1808; d. Newark, NJ, 1887) is often considered to be one of America's best nineteenth-century hymn writers. After completing grammar school he worked in a Boston dry goods store, but a religious awakening prodded him to study for the ministry. He attended Yale College (supporting himself by teaching) and was ordained in 1835. A pastor in Congregational churches in Bath, Maine (1835-1850), and Albany, New York (1850-1865), he also served as secretary of the American Congregational Union (1865-1878). Palmer was a popular preacher and author, writing original poetry as well as translating hymns. He published several volumes of poetry and hymns, including Sabbath Hymn Book (1858), Hymns and Sacred Pieces (1865… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When downward to the darksome tomb
Author: Ray Palmer

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Media

The Cyber Hymnal #10408
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)

Instances

Instances (1 - 43 of 43)

A Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs. 19th ed. #d488

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A Manual of Devotion and Hymns for the House of Refuge, City of New York #172

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A Selection of Spiritual Songs #952

Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs with Music for the Church and the Choir #d997

Gloria in Excelsis #d751

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Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #732

Hymnal of the Evangelical Church. Word ed. #d832

Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d1265

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Laudes Domini #575

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Laudes Domini #1091

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Parish Hymns #548

Parish Psalmody #d907

Parish Psalmody #d923

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Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs #1182

Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #ad1225

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Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #b1199

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Songs for the Sanctuary #1199

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Songs for the Sanctuary #1199

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Songs for the Sanctuary #1199

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #1199

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or, Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Words only) #1199

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Songs for the Service of Prayer #402

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Songs of the Church #1147

The Advent Christian Hymnal #d988

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book for Public Worship #957

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book, for Public Worship #327.957

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The Baptist Hymn Book #957

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The Baptist Praise Book #1126

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The Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs #491

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The Canadian Baptist Hymn Book #710

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The Christian Hymn Book #1108

The Church of God Selection of Spiritual Songs for the Church and Choir #d993

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The Cyber Hymnal #10408

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The Liturgy and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum #893

The National Baptist Hymn Book #d581

The National Baptist Hymn Book #ad581

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The National Baptist Hymnal #602

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The New Laudes Domini #1146

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The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book #321d

The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d1184

The Service of Song for Baptist Churches #d978

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The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book #944

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