So far in 2022, 11 million people from 200-plus countries around the world have benefitted from the Hymnary website! Thank you to all who use and all who support it with gifts of time, talent and treasure. If you feel moved to support our work today with a gift of any amount and a word of encouragement, we would be grateful. You can donate online at our secure giving site. Or, if you'd like to make a gift by check, please send it to:, Calvin University, 3201 Burton Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. May the hope, love, joy and peace of Advent be yours this day and always.

Departed Soul, Asleep

Why flow these torrents of distress

Author: Philip Doddridge
Published in 18 hymnals

Representative Text

1 "Why flow these torrents of distress?"
(The gentle Savior cries)
"Why are my sleeping saints survey'd
"With unbelieving eyes?

2 "Death's feeble arm shall never boast,
"A friend of Christ's is slain;
"Nor o'er their meaner part in D=dust
"A lasting power retain.

3 "I come, on wings of love I come
"The slumberers to awake;
"My voice shall reach the deepest tomb,
"And all its bounds shall break.

4 "Touch'd by my hand, in smiles they rise;
"They rise, to sleep no more;
"But rob'd with light and crown'd with joy,
"To endless day they soar."

5 Jesus, our faith receives thy word;
And, tho' fond nature weep,
Grace learns to hail the pious dead,
And emulate their sleep.

6 Our willing souls thy summons wait
With them to rest and praise;
So let thy much-lov'd presence cheer
These separating days.

Source: A Selection of Hymns: from the best authors, intended to be an appendix to Dr. Watt's psalms and hymns. (1st Am. ed.) #DLXII

Author: Philip Doddridge

Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Why flow these torrents of distress
Title: Departed Soul, Asleep
Author: Philip Doddridge
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 18 of 18)

A Collection of Hymns from Various Authors. New ed. #d372

Page Scan

A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors. #562

A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors #d439

TextPage Scan

A Selection of Hymns #DLXII

Page Scan

Baptist Hymn Book #a839

Page Scan

Christian's Duty, exhibited in a series of hymns #335

Church Hymn Book . 3rd ed. #d626

Page Scan

Sacred Poetry #302

Page Scan

The Baptist Hymn Book #1239

Page Scan

The Baptist Hymn Book #839

Page Scan

The Christian Harmonist #87

Page Scan

The Christian's Duty #CCCXXXV

TextPage Scan

The Christians Duty, exhibited, in a series of Hymns #CCCXXXV

Page Scan

The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #1280

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us


It looks like you are using an ad-blocker. Ad revenue helps keep us running. Please consider white-listing or subscribing to eliminate ads entirely and help support