"Why do We Mourn Departing Friends"
                           by Isaac Watts, 1674-1748
                                  Text From:
                              THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
                 (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)

	1. Why do we mourn departing 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 would 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 scattered all the gloom.
	4. The graves of all the 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 we, too, 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!
Notes: Hymn #593 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: Mark 5:39 Author: Isaac Watts, 1707, alt. Composer: Justin H. Knecht, 1797 Tune: "Domine, clamavi"
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