The Girl Is Dead, The Mourners Weep
Tune: Komm, Gott Schoepfer
(“Creator Spirit, Heavenly Dove”
Hymn # 156 from Lutheran Worship)
The girl is dead, the mourners weep,
But Jesus says, “She only sleeps.”
Tenderly takes her by the hand,
“Talitha Koum!” our Lord commands,
A widow’s son, his funeral dirge,
With Jesus’ foll'wers come to merge,
The coffin touched, by Christ’s own hand,
“I say to you, arise, young man!”
When Lazarus, entombed for days,
The Lord said, “Take the stone away”
His pow’r o’er death, he leaves no doubt,
To Lazarus, Christ says, “Come out!”
As Sunday comes at break of dawn,
The mourners think he’s dead and gone,
But lo, he’s risen, he’s alive!
And now he lives, no more to die!
And at the font, Old Adam drowns,
Christ’s seal is placed upon our brows,
As Word and water cleanse all sins,
Our life eternal there begins.
Someday the trumpet blast will sound,
And all the vault of heav’n resound,
As Christ commands, once more to rise,
And takes us with him to the skies.
© Thomas E. Chryst, 2006.