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3 O Love divine and tender
LOVE divine and golden,
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Mysterious depth and height,

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.

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Burial of the Dead REQUIESCAT 7. 7. 7. 7. 8. 8.

John B. Dykes, 1875

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탑 탑 탑 통탕 in Thy gra-cious keep · ing Leave we now Thy serv - ant sleep ing.

A-men.

NOW

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,
Now upon the farther shore

All the love of Christ shall learn
Lands the voyager at last.

At His feet in paradise.
Father, in Thy gracious keeping

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;
Left behind, we wait in trust

For the resurrection-day.
Father, in Thy gracious keeping
Leave we now Thy servant sleeping.

John Ellerton, 1871

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1 ASLEEP in Jesus! blessed sleep,

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From which none ever wakes to weep; A calm and undisturbed repose,

Unbroken by the last of foes.
2 Asleep in Jesus! ( how sweet

To be for such a slumber meet;
With holy confidence to sing
That death hath lost the venomed sting.

3 Asleep in Jesus! peaceful rest,

Whose waking is supremely blest;
No fear, no woe, shall dim that hour

That manifests the Saviour's power. 4 Asleep in Jesus! far from thee

Thy kindred and their graves may be;
But thine is still a blessed sleep,
From which none ever wakes to weep.

Margaret Mackay, 1832

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THOU
HOU art gone to the grave, but we will not deplore thee,

Though sorrows and darkness encompass the tomb;
The Saviour has passed through its portal before thee,

And the lamp of His love is thy guide through the gloom.
2 Thou art gone to the grave, we no longer behold thee,

Nor tread the rough path of the world by thy side;
But the wide arms of Mercy are spread to enfold thee,

And sinners may die, for the Sinless has died.
3 Thou art gone to the grave and, its mansion forsaking,

Perchance thy weak spirit in fear lingered long;
But the mild rays of Paradise beamed on thy waking,

And the sound that thou heard'st was the cherubim's song.
4 Thou art gone to the grave, but we will not deplore thee,

Whose God was thy Ransom, thy Guardian and Guide;
He gave thee, He took thee, and He will restore thee,
And death has no sting, for the Saviour has died.

Reginald Heber, 1818

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3 Ah, Lord Jesus, grant that we

Where he lives may soon be living,
And the lovely pastures see

That his heavenly food are giving;
Then the gain of death we prove,
Though Thou take what most we love.

Johann W. Meinhold, 1835; tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1858

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