If death my friend and me divide - Jones

Notes
Music by Philip Jones (b.1949)
Words by Charles Wes­ley (1707-1788), from Short Hymns, 1762.

Duration
TO FOLLOW

Forces required
Organ and Choir

Title
If Death My Friend And Me Divide by Philip Jones (b.1949)
Text

If death my friend and me divide,
Thou dost not, Lord, my sorrow chide,
Or frown my tears to see;
Restrained from passionate excess,
Thou bidst me mourn in calm distress
For them that rest in Thee.

I feel a strong immortal hope,
Which bears my mournful spirit up
Beneath its mountain load;
Redeemed from death, and grief, and pain,
I soon shall find my friend again
Within the arms of God.

Pass a few fleeting moments more
And death the blessing shall restore
Which death has snatched away;
For me Thou wilt the summons send,
And give me back my parted friend
In that eternal day.