Old-Line Primitive Baptist Hymn and Tune Book

Hymn #708: Why Do We Mourn Departing Friends

Hymn #707 Hymn #709

Death, Resurrection, and Eternity

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708 (C.M.) Isaac Watts

Why do we mourn departing friends?

Or shake at death's alarms?

'Tis but the voice that Jesus sends,

To call them to His arms.

Are we not tending upward, too,

As fast as time can move?

Nor would we wish the hours more slow

To keep us from our love.

Why should we tremble to convey

Their bodies to the tomb?

There the dear flesh of Jesus lay,

And left a long perfume.

The graves of all the saints He blessed,

And softened every bed;

Where should the dying members rest

But with their dying Head?

Thence He arose, ascending high,

And showed our feet the way;

Up to the Lord we too shall fly

At the great rising-day.

Hymn #707 Hymn #709