2204. How Blest the Righteous When He Dies

1. How blest the righteous when he dies!
When sinks a weary soul to rest,
How mildly beam the closing eyes,
How gently heaves th’expiring breast!

2. So fades a summer cloud away;
So sinks a gale when storms are o’er;
So gently shuts the eye of day;
So dies a wave along the shore.

3. A holy quiet reigns around,
A calm which life nor death destroys;
And naught disturbs that peace profound
Which his unfettered soul enjoys.

4. Farewell, conflicting hopes and fears,
Where lights and shades alternate dwell;
How bright th’unchanging morn appears!
Farewell, inconstant world, farewell!

5. Life’s labor done, as sinks the clay,
Light from its load the spirit flies,
While Heav’n and earth combine to say,
How blest the righteous when he dies!

Text Information
First Line: How blest the righteous when he dies
Title: How Blest the Righteous When He Dies
Author: Anna L. Barbauld (1809)
Meter: LM
Language: English
Source: Leisure Hour Improved (Ironbridge, England: 1809), alt.
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: Anonymous (before 1873)
Meter: LM
Incipit: 33333 43254 53654
Key: D Major
Source: Sabbath-School Psalmodist (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: United Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1872), page 20
Copyright: Public Domain

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