If death my friend and me divide

If death my friend and me divide,
thou dost not, Lord, my sorrow chide,
or frown my tears to see.  
Restrained from passionate excess,
thou biddest me mourn in calm distress
for them that rest in thee.

I feel a strong immortal hope,
which bears my mournful spirit up
beneath its mountain load.  
Redeemed from death and grief and pain,
I soon shall find my friend again
within the arms of God.

Pass a few fleeting moments more
and death the blessing shall restore
which death has snatched away.  
For me thou wilt the summons send,
and give me back my parted friend
in that eternal day.

#608 in Hymnal: A Worship Book

Words:  Charles Wesley, Short Hymns on Select Passages of Holy Scripture, 1762
   Tune:  Genuine Church Music, 1832
                    Harmonization copyright 1992 The Hymnal Project


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