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Lay Her Down Silently

Lay her down silently
'Neath the green grass;
Like dews of the morning,
Her spirit doth pass;
Why shouldst thou mourn her
With sob or with sigh?
Angels have shrined her
In glory on high.

Lay her down hopefully;
Earth's flowers die
Ere the keen blasts of winter
Go bitterly by;
But she, like those flowers,
Shall blossom anew,
When the Spring of Eternity
Breaks on the view.

Lay her down trustingly;
Dear though she be,
Is she not dearer
To Christ than to thee?
Though now from thy treasure
His wisdom may sever,
'Tis only give her thee
Brighter than ever.

Lay her down fearlessly;
Darkness and doom
May fold their deep wings
Over her, and her tomb;
But the dawn of Eternity
Scatters each cloud,
Gives garments of glory
For pall and for shroud.

Lay her down thankfully;
Let her sleep on;
Learn to say cheerfully
"God's will be done!"
The scenes of futurity
Thou canst not know,
May be He takes her
From guilt or from woe.

Lay her down prayerfully—
Not that she needs
Now the deep words
With which man intercedes;
But pray that her exodus,
Sad though it be,
May open a pathway
To glory for thee.

Christian Poetry by Reverend H. F. Darnell
Public Domain