Dark, dark indeed, the grave would be

Dark, dark indeed, the grave would be. William Gaskell* (1805-1884).  This comforting hymn was published in James Martineau*’s Hymns for the Christian Church and Home (1840, many editions). It was entitled ‘The light of the Gospel on the tomb.’ It had four stanzas:  Dark, dark indeed the grave would be, Had we no light, O God, from thee; If all we saw were all we knew, Or hope from reason only grew.  But fearless now we rest in faith, A holy life makes happy death,’Tis but a change ordained by thee,To set the imprisoned spirit free.  Sad, sad indeed ’twould be to part From those who long had shared our heart, If thou hadst left us still to fear Love’s only heritage was here.  But calmly now...

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