Now hush your cries, and shed no tear

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1 Now hush your cries and shed no tear,
On such death none should look with fear;
A faithful Christian now has won,
And with this death true life's begun.

2 These bones, now dead, again shall fell
New warmth and vigour through them steal;
And reunited they shall soar
On high to live forevermore.

3 The buried grain of wheat must die,
And long in withered state must lie,
Yet springs to light all sweet and fair,
Its proper fruit at last to bear.

4 E'en so this body, made of dust,
To earth we once again entrust,
Where it shall slumber free from pain
Till from the dead it rise again.

5 God breathed into this house of clay
The spirit that hath passed away;
The righteous mind, the noble heart,
The living faith did Christ impart.

6 Ah! would that promised day were here
When Christ will once again appear
And bring them to their heav'nly home
Who have been buried in the tomb.



Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #480

Translator (from German): Catherine Winkworth

Catherine Winkworth is "the most gifted translator of any foreign sacred lyrics into our tongue, after Dr. Neale and John Wesley; and in practical services rendered, taking quality with quantity, the first of those who have laboured upon German hymns. Our knowledge of them is due to her more largely than to any or all other translators; and by her two series of Lyra Germanica, her Chorale Book, and her Christian Singers of Germany, she has laid all English-speaking Christians under lasting obligation." --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872… Go to person page >

Translator (from Latin): Nikolaus Herman

Herman, Nicolaus, is always associated with Joachimsthal in Bohemia, just over the mountains from Saxony. The town was not of importance till the mines began to be extensively worked about 1516. Whether Herman was a native of this place is not known, but he was apparently there in 1518, and was certainly in office there in 1524. For many years he held the post of Master in the Latin School, and Cantor or Organist and Choirmaster in the church. Towards the end of his life he suffered greatly from gout, and had to resign even his post as Cantor a number of years before his death. He died at Joachimsthal, May 3, 1561. (Koch, i. 390-398; Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, xii. 186-188, &c.) He was a great friend and helper of J. Mathesius (q.v.)… Go to person page >

Author: Aurelius Clemens Prudentius

Marcus Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, "The Christian Pindar" was born in northern Spain, a magistrate whose religious convictions came late in life. His subsequent sacred poems were literary and personal, not, like those of St. Ambrose, designed for singing. Selections from them soon entered the Mozarabic rite, however, and have since remained exquisite treasures of the Western churches. His Cathemerinon liber, Peristephanon, and Psychomachia were among the most widely read books of the Middle Ages. A concordance to his works was published by the Medieval Academy of America in 1932. There is a considerable literature on his works. --The Hymnal 1940 Companion… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Now hush your cries, and shed no tear
German Title: Hört auf mit Trauern und Klagen
Translator (from German): Catherine Winkworth
Translator (from Latin): Nikolaus Herman
Author: Aurelius Clemens Prudentius
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English

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