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he Death and Burial of a Saint. 1 Thess. 4. 13, 14

I. Watts                 C.M.

1
Why do we mourn departed friends,
Or shake at death’s alarms?
’Tis but the voice that Jesus sends,
To call them to his arms.

2
Are we not tending upward too,
As fast as time can move?
Nor should we wish the hours more slow,
To keep us from our love.

3
Why should we tremble to convey
Their bodies to the tomb?
There the dear flesh of Jesus lay,
And left a long perfume.

4
[The graves of all his saints he blessed,
And softened every bed;
Where should the dying members rest,
But with their dying Head?]

5
Thence he arose, ascending high,
And showed our feet the way;
Up to the Lord our flesh shall fly,
At the great rising day.

6
Then let the last loud trumpet sound,
And bid our kindred rise;
Awake, ye nations under ground;
Ye saints, ascend the skies.