Scripture Verse

The Lord…bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up. 1 Samuel 2:6


Christopher Wordsworth (1807–1885)

Words: Chris­to­pher Words­worth, The Ho­ly Year 1862, alt. See al­so Up­on the Sixth Day of the Week.

Music: Brown Will­iam B. Brad­bu­ry, 1844 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William B. Bradbury (1816–1868)


The grave it­self a gar­den is,
Where love­li­est flow­ers abound;
Since Christ, our ne­ver fad­ing Life,
Sprang from that ho­ly ground.

O give us grace to die to sin,
That we, O Lord, may have
So ho­ly, hap­py rest in Thee,
A Sab­bath in the grave.

Thou, Lord, bap­tized in Thine own blood,
And bur­ied in the grave,
Didst raise Thy­self to end­less life,
Omnipotent to save.

Baptized in­to Thy death we died,
And bur­ied were with Thee,
That we might fly with Thee to God,
And ev­er blest might be.

Lord, through the grave and gate of death
May we, with Thee, arise
To an eter­nal East­er day
Of glo­ry in the skies!