With silence only as their benediction

With silence only as their benediction

Author: John Greenleaf Whittier
Published in 30 hymnals

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With silence only as their benediction,
God’s angels come
Where, in the shadow of a great affliction,
The soul sits dumb.

Yet would we say, what every heart approveth,—
Our Father’s will,
Calling to Him the dear ones whom he loveth,
Is mercy still.

Not upon us or ours the solemn angel
Hath evil wrought;
The funeral anthem is a glad evangel;
The good die not!

God calls our loved ones, but we lose not wholly
What He has given;
They live on earth in thought and deed, as truly
As in His heaven.



Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #342

Author: John Greenleaf Whittier

Whittier, John Greenleaf, the American Quaker poet, was born at Haverhill, Massachusetts, Dec. 17, 1807. He began life as a farm-boy and shoemaker, and subsequently became a successful journalist, editor and poet. In 1828 he became editor of the American Manufacturer (Boston), in 1830 of the New England Review, and an 1836 (on becoming Secretary to the American Anti-Slavery Society) of the Pennsylvania Freeman. He was also for some time, beginning with 1847, the corresponding editor of the National Era. In 1840 he removed to Amesbury, Massachusetts, where most of his later works have been written. At the present time [1890] he lives alternately at Amesbury and Boston. His first poetical piece was printed in the Newburyport Free Press in 182… Go to person page >

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First Line: With silence only as their benediction
Author: John Greenleaf Whittier
Meter: 11.4.11.4
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #342

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #342

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Christian Chorals, for the Chapel and Fireside #210

Church Music, a Collection of Hymn Tunes. #d200

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Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #874

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #CP437b

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Hymns for the Christian Church, for the Use of the First Church of Christ in Boston #437

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Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #694

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Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #694

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Hymns of the Spirit #609

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New Manual of Praise: for Sabbath and Social Worship #597

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #1157

Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d825

Songs of the Unity: a Selection of Lyrics for Public Worhip, with Tunes for Congregational Use #d244

Standard Church Hymns and Gospel Songs #d364

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The Academic Hymnal #36

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The Alleluia: a collection of hymns and tunes for the church scool, and the mid-week meeting #116b

The Book of Praise #623

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The Church Hymnary: a collection of hymns and tunes for public worship #947

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The Manual of Praise for Sabbath and Social Worship #569

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The Praise Hymnary: a collection of sacred song #455

The Tabernacle #d380

The White Ribbon Hymnal: or, Echoes of the Crusade #d131

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Worship in Song: a selection of hymns and tunes for the Service of the Sanctuary #S423b

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