Burial of a Friend

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Burial of a Friend  (1859) 
by Lydia Sigourney
Printed in Cheshire Pastoral Association. Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship. A Collection Compiled by a Committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association. Fifty-first ed. Boston: Crosby, Nichols, and Co., 1859. Copyright 1844. Page 287.

   AS, bowed by sudden storms, the rose
      Sinks on the garden's breast,
   Down to the grave our brother goes,
      In silence there to rest.

   No more with us his tuneful voice
      The hymn of praise shall swell;
   No more his cheerful heart rejoice
      When peals the Sabbath bell.

   Yet, if, in yonder cloudless sphere,
      Amid a sinless throng,
   He utters in his Saviour's ear
      The everlasting song,—

   No more we'll mourn the absent friend,
      But lift our earnest prayer,
   And daily every effort bend
      To rise and join him there.

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