Brother, thou art gone before us

Brother, thou art gone before us

Author: Henry Hart Milman
Tune: PARSONS (King)
Published in 51 hymnals

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Brother, thou art gone before us,
And thy saintly soul is flown,
Where tears are wiped from every eye,
And sorrows are unknown;
From the burden of the flesh,
And from care and fear, released,
Where the wicked cease from troubling,
And the weary are at rest.

Sin no more can taint thy spirit,
Nor can doubt thy faith assail;
Thy soul its welcome has received,
Thy strength shall never fail;
And thou’rt sure to meet the good,
Whom on earth thou lovedst best,
Where the wicked cease from troubling,
And the weary are at rest.

To the grave thy body bearing,
Low we place it mid the dead;
And lay the turf above it now,
And seal its narrow bed;
But thy spirit soars away,
Free, among the faithful blest,
Where the wicked cease from troubling
And the weary are at rest.



Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #403

Author: Henry Hart Milman

Milman, Henry Hart, D.D., the youngest son of Sir Francis Milman (who received his Baronetage as an eminent Court physician), was born Feb. 10th, 1791, and educated at Dr. Burney's at Greenwich, and subsequently at Eton. His career at B. N. C. Oxford, was brilliant. He took a first class in classics, and carried off the Newdigate, Latin Verse, Latin Essay, and English Essay. His Newdigate on the Apollo Belvedere, 1812, is styled by Dean Stanley "the most perfect of Oxford prize poems." His literary career for several years promised to be poetical. His tragedy Fazio was played at Covent Garden, Miss O'Neill acting Bianca. Samor was written in the year of his appointment to St. Mary's, Reading (1817); The Fall of Jerusalem (1820); Belshazzar… Go to person page >

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First Line: Brother, thou art gone before us
Author: Henry Hart Milman

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Brother, thou art gone before us. H. H. Milman. [Burial.] This hymn is introduced by Dean Milman in his Martyr of Antioch, a Dramatic Poem, 1822, pp. 33-5, as being sung at "The Place of Burial of the Christians." At the close of a funeral at night, Fabius, Bishop of Antioch, is represented as saying:—

"So, by the side of martyr'd Babylas,
Brother, thou slumberest; silent as yon stars,
And silent as the falling dews around thee,
We leave thy verdant grave. But oh! shall we,
When we put off the load of mortal life,
Depart like thee as in a deeper sleep,
With the sweet smile of life on the closed lips,
Or in an agony of mortal pain,
By the pitch'd stake, or den of raging lions?"

One of the first to extract it from the dramatic poem, and constitute it as a hymn for common use was Elliott, who included it in his Psalms and Hymns, 1835. It soon became 'popular, and is given in a great number of hymnals in Great Britain and America. Original text in Hymnal Companion, with "fear" changed to "fears" in stanza ii., lines 5.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Instances (51)TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #403Image
A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #403Text
A Church of England Hymn Book #530
A Collection of Hymns #407Image
A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the United Brethren in Christ: taken from the most approved authors, and adapted to public and private worship #977Image
A Collection of Hymns: Supplementary to the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #456Image
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship #A.XIXImage
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (10th ed.) #A.XXImage
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #603Image
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (3rd ed.) #A.XXImage
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #603Image
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (6th ed.) #A.XXImage
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #564Image
Additional Hymns, Adopted by the General Synod of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in North America, at their Session, June 1846, and authorized to be used in the churches under their care #315Image
Apples of Gold in Pictures of Silver #d23
Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship: a collection compiled by a committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association (11th ed.) #554Image
Church Hymns with Tunes #282
Hymn Book for Christian Worship #659Image
Hymns additional to the Hymns in the Prayer Book: collected for the Sunday-school of their parishes by the rectors of St. Philip's and St. Jude's churches, Philadelphia #336Image
Hymns for Church and Home #394Image
Hymns for Public Worship #491Image
Hymns for the Christian Church, for the Use of the First Church of Christ in Boston #435Image
Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #782Image
Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #782Image
Hymns for the Hospital Chapel, Worcester #d35
Hymns for the Sanctuary and Social Worship: with tunes #1096Image
Hymns of the Spirit #214Image
Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons 3rd Am. from 9th London ed. #d34
Massachusetts Sabbath School Hymn Book #d24
Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #1199Image
Psalmista: or, Choir Melodies #d36
Selah: a collection of psalm and hymn tunes, introits, anthems, chants, motetts, choruses, etc. adapted to the use of classes, private circles, and worship assemblies #347bImage
The Baptist Harmony #d48
The Baptist Harmony #d48
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book: being "The Plymouth Collection" enlarged and adapted to the use of Baptist churches #1199Image
The Book of Praise #d38
The Christian Lyre #139Image
The Christian Lyre: adapted for use in families, prayer meetings, and revivals of religion #139Image
The Christian Lyre: Vol I (8th ed. rev.) #139Image
The Christian Psalter #d77
The Disciples' Hymn Book: a collection of hymns and chants for public and private devotion #137Image
The Golden Harp #d39
The Golden Harp: or, Camp-Meeting Hymns, Old and New, Set to Music #d17
The Hymnal Companion to the Book of Common Prayer with accompanying tunes (3rd ed., rev. and enl.) #542
The Hymnist: Heart Hymns and Home Melodies #d19
The Modern Harp: or, Boston Sacred Melodist. #d39
The New York Choralist: a new and copious collection of Psalm and hymn tunes adapted to all the various metres in general use with a large variety of anthems and set pieces #292Image
The Psalms and Hymns, with the Doctrinal Standards and Liturgy of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in North America #H748Image
The Tabernacle #d39
The Zion Songster: a Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, generally sung at camp and prayer meetings, and in revivals of religion (Rev. & corr.) #118Image
The Zion Songster: a Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Generally Sung at Camp and Prayer Meetings, and in Revivals or Religion (95th ed.) #118Image