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Hymns For Christian Devotion by J.G. Adams

597. -- Death of a Minister.

597. P. M. Anonymous. Death of a Minister.

1 On Zion's holy walls
Is quenched a beacon-light,
In vain the watchman calls --
|Sentry! what of the night?|
No answering voice is here,
Say -- does the soldier sleep?
O yes -- upon the bier,
His watch no more to keep.

2 Still is that heaven-touched tongue,
Pulseless the throbbing breast;
That voice with music strung,
Forever put to rest.
To rest? A living thought,
Undimmed, unquenched, he soars
An essence, spirit-wrought,
Of yon immortal shores.

3 Peace to thee, man of God!
Thine earthly toils are o'er,
The thorny path is trod,
The Shepherd trod before, --
Full well he kept his word --
|I'm with thee to the end;
Fear not! I am the Lord,
Thy never-failing friend!|

4 We weave no dirge for thee,
It should not call a tear
To know that thou art free;
Thy home -- it was not here!
Joy to thee, man of God!
Thy heaven-course is begun,
Unshrinking, thou has trod
Death's vale, -- thy race is run.

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