"Blessed Are the Dead Which Die in the Lord"

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Title

"Blessed Are the Dead Which Die in the Lord"

Description

Why grieve ye that the Christian dies,

When Heaven from earth hath called its own -

And the blest spirit upward flies

To bow before the Father's throne?

Or deem ye that 'tis grief to be

Amid the Seraphim above,

Robed in their immortality,

And burning with their quenchless love?


O, Death is not that fearful thing,

Whose dread approach may fright him now;

Nor doth to him, the giant king,

Reveal the terrors of his brow;

'Tis only for the world's dull slave

To fear life's dark and closing scene;

But Faith smiles brightest on the grave

Which Hope hath strewed with evergreen.


And though he sees Death's brandished dart,

It cannot bring one fear to him,

One doubt to chill his anxious heart,

Or make his holy faith grow dim;

For lo, e'en on its point appears

A message from the LORD of love,

To call him from this vale of tears,

Unto a brighter land above.


Then as the loved one bows his head,

And sinks in deep submission down,

The weapon from its rest is sped,

And takes but off - that thorny crown

Which all CHRIST'S followers on earth

Have like their sinless Master borne,

In token of their lowly birth -


A pledge "that man was made to mourn."

Say it is not a blessed gain

That thus to leave this world of sin,

Where poverty and tears seemed over vain,

To overcome the foe within;

And nought but GOD'S free given grace

Could make him victor in the strife,

Or proffer to his caring [ ] gaze

The victor's prize, a [ ] of life?


O then, drop ye no tears for him,

For he no tears shall ever know -

Or aught that can those blessings dim,

Which from his Maker's presence flow:

But like that brightly beaming star

The first sweet visitant of even,

So shall he shine - and brighter far -

In yon blest firmament of Heaven.

Creator

Ion

Source

New Series 1:45, p. 4

Date

1841.01.09

Contributor

From the Churchman

Citation

Ion, “"Blessed Are the Dead Which Die in the Lord",” Periodical Poets, accessed February 22, 2024, https://periodicalpoets.com/items/show/389.

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