Let Me Die the Death of the Righteous

O for the death of those

Author: Anonymous
Published in 182 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 O, for the death of those
Who slumber in the Lord!
O, be like theirs my last repose,
Like theirs my last reward!

2 Their bodies in the ground
In silent hope may lie,
Till the last trumpet's joyful sound
Shall call them to the sky.

3 Then ransomed they will soar
On wings of faith and love.
To meet the Saviour they adore,
And reign with him above.

4 With us their names shall live
Through the remaining years,
Embalmed with all our hearts can give
Our praises and our tears.

5 O, for the death of those
Who slumber in the Lord!
O, be like theirs my last repose,
Like theirs my last reward!

Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #948

Author: Anonymous

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Text Information

First Line: O for the death of those
Title: Let Me Die the Death of the Righteous
Author: Anonymous
Source: Church Psalmody
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


O for the death of those. [Burial.] The opening line of this hymn is the first line of J. Montgomery's "Ode to the Volunteers of Britain, On the Prospect of Invasion," published in his Wanderer of Switzerland and Other Poems, 1819; and the third line of stanza i. is partly from the last stanza but one of the same "Ode." From these extracts, and the whole tone and swing of the hymn, it is clear that it was suggested by the "Ode”. It appeared anonymously in Mason and Greene's American Church Psalmody, Boston, 1831, No. 616, in 5 stanza of 4 1. It is given in several modern American collections, including Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, 1872, and others. It is sometimes ascribed to J. Montgomery, and at other times to S. F. Smith, but in each case in error. Its authorship is unknown. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


DENNIS (Nägeli)

Lowell Mason (PHH 96) arranged DENNIS and first published it in The Psaltery (1845), a hymnal he compiled with George. Webb (PHH 559). Mason attributed the tune to Johann G. Nageli (b. Wetzikon, near Zurich, Switzerland, 1773; d. Wetzikon, 1836) but included no source reference. Nageli presumably pu…

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DAWN (Parker)




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