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Burial of the Dead

411. Now the laborer's task is o'er

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Resquiescat:

John Bacchus Dykes, 1875

Hebron (Barnby):

Joseph Barnby, 1874

John Ellerton, 1870

Now the laborer's task is o'er;

Now the battle day is past;

Now upon the farther shore

Lands the voyager at last.

Father, in thy gracious keeping

Leave we now thy servant sleeping.

There the tears of earth are dried;

There its hidden things are clear;

There the work of life is tried

By a juster Judge than here.

Father, in thy gracious keeping

Leave we now thy servant sleeping.

There the penitents, that turn

To the cross their dying eyes,

All the love of Jesus learn

At his feet in Paradise.

Father, in thy gracious keeping

Leave we now thy servant sleeping.

There no more the powers of hell

Can prevail to mar their peace;

Christ the Lord shall guard them well,

He who died for their release.

Father, in thy gracious keeping

Leave we now thy servant sleeping.

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"Earth to earth, and dust to dust,"

Calmly now the words we say,

Left behind, we wait in trust

For the resurrection day.

Father, in thy gracious keeping

Leave we now thy servant sleeping.

Amen.

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