759. This Body in the Grave We Lay

1 This body in the grave we lay
There to await that solemn day
When God Himself shall bid it rise
To mount triumphant to the skies.

2 And so to earth we now entrust
What came from dust and turns to dust
And from the dust shall rise that day
In glorious triumph o'er decay.

3 The soul forever lives with God,
Who freely hath His grace bestowed
And through His Son redeemed it here
From ev'ry sin, from ev'ry fear.

4 All trials and all griefs are past,
A blessed end has come at last.
Christ's yoke was borne with ready will;
Who dieth thus is living still.

5 We have no cause to mourn or weep;
Securely shall this body sleep
Till Christ Himself shall death destroy
And raise the blessed dead to joy.

6 Then let us leave this place of rest
And homeward turn, for they are blest
Who heed God's warning and prepare
Lest death should find them unaware.

7 So help us, Jesus, ground of faith;
Thou hast redeemed us by Thy death
From endless death and set us free.
We laud and praise and worship Thee.

Text Information
First Line: This body in the grave we lay
Title: This Body in the Grave We Lay
Author (sts. 1-6): Michael Weisse, c. 1480-1534
Translator: William M. Czamanske, 1873-1964
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: L M
Scripture: John 5:24; 1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 2 Corinthians 5:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
Topic: Death and Burial
Source: Gesangbuch, Magdeburg, 1540, st. 7
Language: English
Tune Information
Meter: L M
Key: F Major or modal
Source: Newe deudsche geistliche Gesenge, Wittenberg, 1544

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