Oh, how blest are they whose toils are ended,
Who thro’ death have unto God ascended!
Ye have arisen
From the cares which keep us still in prison.
We are still as in a dungeon living,
Still oppressed with sorrow and misgiving;
Are but toils and troubles and heartbreakings.
Ye meanwhile are in their chambers sleeping,
Quiet, and set free from all our weeping;
No cross or sadness
There can hinder their untroubled gladness.
Christ has wiped away their tears forever;
Ye have that for which we still endeavor;
To you are chanted
Songs that ne’er to mortal ears were granted.
Ah, who would, then, not depart with gladness
To inherit heaven for earthly sadness?
Who here would languish
Longer in bewailing and in anguish?
Come, 0 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.
The Lutheran Hymnal #589
Title: Oh, How Blest Are Ye Whose Tolls are Ended
German Title: O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen
Translator: Henry W. Longfellow (1845, alt.)
Author: Simon Dach (1635)
Scripture: Revelation 14:13
Topic: The Last Things: Death and Burial