The spirits of the just

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This is an hymn by Joseph Hart, published 1760.

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1. The spirits of the just,
Confined in bodies, groan,
Till death confines the corpse to dust,
And then the conflict's done.

2. Jesus, who came to save,
The Lamb for sinners slain,
Perfumed the chambers of the grave,
And made even death our gain.

3. Why fear we then to trust
The place where Jesus lay?
In quiet rests our brother's dust;
And thus it seems to say:

4. "Forbear, my friends, to weep,
Since death has lost its sting;
Those Christians, that in Jesus sleep,
Our God will with him bring."

5. This message then receive;
And grief indulge no more;
Return to work awhile, believe,
And wait the welcome hour.

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