A Funeral Hymn for a Believer

Ah! lovely appearance of death, No sight upon earth is so fair

Author: Charles Wesley
Tune: CORYDON (55455)
Published in 83 hymnals

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1 Ah! lovely appearance of death,
No sight upon earth is so fair;
Not all the gay pageants that breathe,
Can with a dead body compare.

2 With solemn delight I survey
The corpse, when the spirit is fled,
In love with the beautiful Ccay,
And longing to lie in his stead.

3 How blest is our brother, bereft
Of all that could burden his mind?
How easy the soul, that hath left
This wearisome body behind!

4 Of evil incapable thou,
Whose relics with envy I see;
No longer in misery now,
No longer a sinner like me.

5 This earth is affected no more,
With sickness, or shaken with pain;
The war in the members is o'er,
And never shall vex him again.

6 No anger henceforward, or shame,
Shall redden this innocent clay;
Extinct is the animal flame,
And passion is vanished away.

7 This languishing head is at rest,
Its thinking and aching are o'er;
This quiet immovable breast
Is heaved by affliction no more.

8 This heart is no longer the seat
Of trouble and torturing pain;
It ceases to flutter and beat,
I never shall flutter again.

9 The ;ids he so seldom could close,
By sorrow forbidden to sleep,
Sealed up in eternal repose,
Have strangely forgotten to weep.

10 The fountains can yield no supplies,
These hollows from waters are free!
The tears are all wiped from these eyes,
And evil they never shall see.

11 To mourn and to suffer is mine,
While bound in a prison I breathe;
And still for deliverance pine,
And press to the issues of death.

12 What now with my tears I bedew,
O might I this moment become,
My spirit created anew,
My flesh be consigned to the tomb.

The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

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First Line: Ah! lovely appearance of death, No sight upon earth is so fair
Title: A Funeral Hymn for a Believer
Author: Charles Wesley
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English

Notes

Ah, lovely appearance of death. C. Wesley. [Burial.] First published in his Funeral Hymns (1st Ser.), 1746, No. v., and entitled "On the sight of a Corpse." The body is supposed to have been that of a young man who died at Cardiff, Aug. 1744; as, concerning him, C. Wesley wrote in his Journal of that date, "The Spirit, at its departure, had left marks of its happiness on the clay. No sight upon earth, in my eyes, is half so lovely." In 1780 it was included in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, but omitted in the revised edition of 1875. Original text, Poetical Works of J. & C. Wesley, 1868-72, vol. vi. p. 193. The text of this hymn was revised by the author about 1782, and reduced to 5 stanzas. Details of the manuscript alterations are given in the Poetical Works, vol. vi. p. 212. Although omitted from the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1875, it is still retained in many collections in Great Britain and America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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