We Cannot Think of Them as Dead

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1. We cannot think of them as dead
Who walk with us no more;
Along the path of life we tread—
They have but gone before.

2. The Father’s house is mansioned fair
Beyond our vision dim;
All souls are His, and here or there
Are living unto Him.

3. But still their silent ministries
Within our hearts have place,
As when on earth they walked with us
And met us face to face.

4. Ours are they by an ownership
Nor time nor death can free;
For God hath given love to keep
Its own eternally.

Author: Frederick Lucian Hosmer

Hosmer, Frederick Lucian, B.A., was born at Framingham, Mass., in 1840, and educated at Harvard, where he graduated B.A. in 1869. Entering the Unitarian Ministry in 1872 he has held charges in Quincy, Ill., 1872-77; Cleveland, Ohio, 1878-92; St. Louis, 1894-99; and since 1899, at Berkeley, Cal. His Way of Life, 1877, was a compilation of Prayers and Responsive Services for Sunday Schools. Of Unity Hymns and Carols, 1880, he was joint editor with W. C. Gannett and J. V. Blake. His hymns were published jointly by him and W. C. Gannett (q.v.), as The Thought of God in Hymns and Poems (Boston: Little, Brown & Co.), 1st Series, 1885; 2nd Series, 1894. Of his 56 hymns in this work the following have come into common use, for the most part during… Go to person page >

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First Line: I cannot think of them as dead
Title: We Cannot Think of Them as Dead
Author: Frederick Lucian Hosmer
Source: First published in The Thought of God, first series, 1885
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain





SONG 67 was published as a setting for Psalm 1 in Edmund Prys's Welsh Llyfr y Psalmau (1621). Erik Routley (PHH 31) suggests that the tune should be ascribed to Prys. Orlando Gibbons (PHH 167) supplied a new bass line for the melody when it was published with a number of his own tunes in George With…

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