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THE ICELANDIC BURIAL HYMN

Hallgrim Petursson (1614-1674)

7.6.7.6 D

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I know that my Redeemer

Lives crowned upon the throne;

Lord over earth and heaven

He saves, and He alone;

He conquered death by dying

Upon the accursed tree,

And from His death sprang glorious

Eternal life for me.

Christ conquered death by dying—

Jesu, Thy mortal pain

O'erthrew the King of Terrors

And brake the captive's chain.

What though this earthly body

Obey Death's dread behest?

The soul soars free rejoicing

To mansions of the blest.

I think upon my Saviour,

I trust His power to keep,

His mighty arm enfolds me

Awaking and in sleep.

Christ is my rock, my courage;

Christ is my soul's true life;

And Christ (my still heart knows it)

Will bear me through the strife.

Thus in Christ's name I'm living;

Thus in Christ's name I'll die;

I'll fear not though life's vigour

From Death's cold shadow fly.

O Grave, where is thy triumph?

O Death, where is thy sting?

"Come when thou wilt, and welcome!"

Secure in Christ I sing.

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