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Funeral Thought 158

Tune: William Caldwell, 1837
Lyrics: Reginald Heber, 1818
Meter: Particular Meter: 13,11,12,11
Thou art gone to the grave—but we will not deplore thee,
Tho’ sorrows and darkness encompass the tomb;
The Savior has pass’d thru its portals before thee,
And the lamp of his love is thy guide thru the gloom.

Thou art gone to the grave—we no longer behold thee,
Nor tread the rough paths of the world by thy side;
But wide arms of mercy are spread to enfold thee,
And the sinners may hope, since the Savior hath died.

Thou art gone to the grave—and thy cradle forsaken,
With us thy fond spirit did not tarry long;
But sunshine of heav’n beam’d bright on thy waking,
And the sound thou didst hear was the seraphim’s song.
This song was composed after the death of an infant.