The Broken Chord

When the chord of life is broken

Author: Martha Shepard Lippincott
Tune: [When the chord of life is broken]
Published in 2 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 When the chord of life is broken,
And the soul flies heavenward,
As the last farewell is uttered,
And fond hearts with sorrow stirred,
How the heav’nly gates will open
To receive the soul released,
As the spirit will soar upward
With its blissful joy increased.

2 Jesus, lead us ever onward,
Teach us but the heav’nly way,
So that when the summons calls us,
We rejoicing shall obey,
Following the Master’s calling,
To the higher realms above,
That we’ll feel our spirits going
To the home of perfect love.

3 As the silver chord is broken,
And the spirit flies back home,
Oh, how sweet to be with Jesus,
In the heav’nly realms to roam;
Freed from all the weights of sorrow,
Only bliss and joys to share,
With our spirits free and trusting
In our heav’nly Father’s care.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8267

Author: Martha Shepard Lippincott

Born: March 31, 1867, Moorestown, New Jersey. Died: August 10, 1949, West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lippincott never married. She spent most of her life in Pennsylvania, attending a Friends’ High School and Swarthmore College. Known as the Quaker Poetess, she is said to have written over 4,000 poems and sacred songs. Her works include: Visions of Life Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When the chord of life is broken
Title: The Broken Chord
Author: Martha Shepard Lippincott
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #8267
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The Cyber Hymnal #8267

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