"All Men Living Are But Mortal"
                          by Johann G. Albinus, 1624-1679
  Translated by Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878; Stanzas 1-4, 6, 7
                                 Text From:
                      THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
        (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)

	1. All men Iiving are but mortal,
	Yea, all flesh must fade as grass;
	Only through death's gloomy portal
	To eternal Iife we pass.
	This frail body here must perish
	Ere the heavenly joys it cherish,
	Ere it gain the free reward
	For the ransomed of the Lord.
	2. Therefore, when my God doth choose it,
	Willingly I'll yield my Iife
	Nor will grieve that I should lose it,
	For with sorrows it was rife.
	In my dear Redeemer's merit
	Peace hath found my troubled spirit,
	And in death my comfort this:
	Jesus' death my source of bliss.
	3. Jesus for my sake desended
	My salvation to obtain:
	Death and hell for me are ended,
	Peace and hope are now my gain;
	Yea' with joy I leave earth's sadness
	For the home of heavenly gladness,
	Where I shall forever see
	God, the Holy Trinity.
	4. There is joy beyond our telling,
	Where so many saints have gone;
	Thousands, thousands, there are dwelling,
	Worshiping before the throne,
	There the Seraphim are shining,
	Evermore in chorus joining:
	"Holy, holy, holy, Lord!
	Triune God, for aye adored!"
	5. Patriarchs of sacred story
	And the prophets there are found;
	The apostles, too, in glory
	On twelve seats are there enthroned
	All the saints that have ascended
	Age on age, through time extended,
	There in blissful concert sing
	Hallelujahs to their King.
	6. O Jerusalem, how glorious
	Dost thou shine, thou city fair!
	Lo, I hear the tones victorious
	Ever sweetly sounding there.
	Oh, the bliss that there surprises!
	Lo, the sun of morn now rises,
	And the breaking day I see
	That shall never end for me.
	7. Yea, I see what here was told me,
	See that wondrous glory shine,
	Feel the spotless robes enfold me,
	Know a golden crown is mine.
	Thus before the throne so glorious
	Now I stand a soul victorious,
	Gazing on that joy for aye
	That shall never pass away.

Notes: Hymn #601 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: Is. 40:6 Author: Johann G. Albinus, 1652 Translated by: Catherine Winkworth, 1863, alt. Titled: "Alle Menschen muessen sterben" Tune: "Alle Menschen muessen sterben" 1st Published in: _Praxis Pietatis Melica_ Town: Berlin, 1678
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