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3 O Love divine and tender
That through our homes doth move To Thee the world beholden,
Veiled in the softened splendor Looks up for life and light:
Of holy household love, O Love divine and gentle,
A throne without Thy blessing The blesser and the blest,
Were labor without rest, Beneath whose care parental
And cottages possessing The world lies down to rest,
Thy blessedness are blest. 2 The fields of earth adore Thee,
4 God bless these hands united, The forests sing Thy praise,
God bless these hearts made one! All living things before Thee
Unsevered and unblighted Their holiest anthems raise;
May they through life go on; Thou art the joy of gladness,
Here in earth's home preparing The life of life Thou art,
For the bright home above, The dew of gentle sadness
And there for ever sharing That droppeth on the heart.
Its joy where God is love.
John S. B. Monsell, 1857 With the omission of the 4th verse the hymn is adapted for general use.
Burial of the Dead REQUIESCAT 7. 7. 7. 7. 8. 8.
John B. Dykes, 1875
탑 탑 탑 통탕 in Thy gra-cious keep · ing Leave we now Thy serv - ant sleep ing.
1 OW the laborer's task is o'er; 3 There the sinful souls, that turn Now the battle day is past;
To the cross their dying eyes,
All the love of Christ shall learn
At His feet in paradise.
Father, in Thy gracious keeping Leave we now Thy servant sleeping. Leave we now Thy servant sleeping. 2 There the tears of earth are dried; 4 There no more the powers of hell There its hidden things are clear;
Can prevail to mar their peace: There the work of life is tried
Christ the Lord shall guard them well, By a juster Judge than here.
He who died for their release. Father, in Thy gracious keeping
Father, in Thy gracious keeping Leave we now Thy servant sleeping. Leave we now Thy servant sleeping.
5“Earth to earth, and dust to dust,”
Calmly now the words we say;
For the resurrection-day.
John Ellerton, 1871
1 ASLEEP in Jesus! blessed sleep,
From which none ever wakes to weep; A calm and undisturbed repose,
Unbroken by the last of foes.
To be for such a slumber meet;
3 Asleep in Jesus! peaceful rest,
Whose waking is supremely blest;
That manifests the Saviour's power. 4 Asleep in Jesus! far from thee
Thy kindred and their graves may be;
Margaret Mackay, 1832
Though sorrows and darkness encompass the tomb;
And the lamp of His love is thy guide through the gloom.
Nor tread the rough path of the world by thy side;
And sinners may die, for the Sinless has died.
Perchance thy weak spirit in fear lingered long;
And the sound that thou heard'st was the cherubim's song.
Whose God was thy Ransom, thy Guardian and Guide;
Reginald Heber, 1818