O How Blest Are Ye Whose Toils Are Ended!   2 comments


Above:  Funeral, 1926

Image Creator = Harris & Ewing

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-hec-34270

Hymn Source = Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church (1917), United Lutheran Church in America (1918-1962) and its predecessor bodies

Original German Words (1635) by Simon Dach (1605-1659)

English Translation (1846) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)


1.  O how blest are ye whose toils are ended!

Who, through death, have unto God ascended!

Ye have arisen

From the cares which keep us still in prison.

2.  Christ has wiped away your tears forever!

Ye have that for which we still endeavor.

To you are chanted

Songs that ne’er to mortal ears were granted.

3.  Ah! who would then not depart with gladness,

To inherit heaven for earthly sadness?

Who here would languish

Longer in bewailing and in anguish?

4.  Come, O Christ, and loose the chains that bind us!

Lead us forth, and cast this world behind us!

With Thee, th’Anointed,

Finds the soul its joy and rest appointed.

2 responses to “O How Blest Are Ye Whose Toils Are Ended!

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