The Things Of The Earth In The Earth Let
The things of the earth in the earth let us lay;
The ashes with ashes, the dust with the clay:
But lift up the heart, and the eyes, and the love,
O lift up the soul to the regions above!
Since He, the Immortal, hath entered the gate,
So, too shall we mortals, or sooner or late:
Then stand we on Christ; let us mark Him ascend,
For His is the glory and life without end.
On earth with His own ones, the Giver of good,
Bestowing His blessing, a little while stood;
Now nothing can part us, nor distance, nor foes,
For lo! He is with us, and who can oppose?
So, Lord, we commit this our loved one to Thee,
Whose body is dead, but whose spirit is free:
We know that through grace, when our life here is o’er,
In bliss we shall be with the Lord evermore.