Hymn Information

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Death Shall Not Destroy My Comfort
Words: Authorship Unknown. Words appear in The Zion’s Songster, 1827
Music: Mount Watson | Appears in The Olive Leaf, published by William Hauser and Benjamin Turner, 1878
The verses below are as they appear in The Olive Leaf, published by William Hauser
and Benjamin Turner, 1878. As to the tune Mount Watson, William Hauser writes that it was
called after Rev. John H. Watson, “whom in my youth, I used to hear sing them. He sang, with great
unction, the chorus below.”

1. Death shall not destroy my comfort,
Christ shall guide me thro’ the gloom;
Down He’ll send some heav’nly convoy
To escort my spirit home.

2. Jordan’s stream shall not o’erflow me,
While my Savior’s by my side:
Canaan, Canaan lies before me!
Soon I’ll cross the swelling tide.

3. See the happy spirits waiting,
On the banks beyond the stream!
Sweet responses still repeating,
“Jesus! Jesus!” is their theme.

4. Hark! they whisper! Lo! they call me:
“Sister spirit, come away!”
Lo! I come; earth can’t contain me:
Hail, ye realms of endless day!

5. Worlds of light, and crowns of glory,
Far above yon azure sky,
Tho’ by faith I now explore you,
I’ll enjoy you soon on high.

6. Soon I’ll gain a full possession;
Faith and hope shall thenceforth cease
Lost in love’s exhaustless ocean;
Love, that sweetest, brightest grace.

7. Swiftly roll, ye ling’ring hours!
Seraphs, lend your glitt’ring wings!
Love absorbs my ransom’d powers;
Heav’nly music round me rings.

Refrain:
O hallelujah! how I love my Savior!
O hallelujah! that I do:
O hallelujah!  how I love my Savior!
Mourners, you may love Him too.


In The Zion’s Songster of 1827, the verses appear as follows:

1. Brethren, see my Jesus coming,
See Him come in yonder cloud,
With ten thousand angels round Him,
See how they do my Jesus crowd.

2. I will arise and go and meet Him,
And embrace Him in my arms;
In the arms of my dear Jesus,
O there is ten thousand charms.

3.. Death shall not destroy my comfort,
Christ shall guard me thro’ the gloom;
Down He’ll send some heav’nly consort
To convey my spirit home.

4. Jordan’s stream shall ne’er o’erflow me,
While my Saviour’s by my side:
Canaan, Canaan lies before me!
Soon I’ll cross the swelling tide.

5. See the happy spirits waiting,
On the banks beyond the stream!
Sweet responses still repeating,
“Jesus! Jesus!” is their theme.

6. See! they whisper! Hark! they call me:
“Sister spirit, come away!”
Lo! I come; earth can’t contain me:
Hail, ye realms of endless day!

7. Worlds of light, and crowns of glory,
Far above yon azure sky,
Though by faith I now explore ye,
I’ll enjoy you soon on high.

8. Soon I’ll gain a full possession;
Faith and hope shall thenceforth cease
Lost in love’s exhaustless ocean;
Love, that brightest, sweetest grace.

9. Swiftly roll, ye ling’ring hours!
Seraphs, lend your glitt’ring wings!
Love absorbs my ransom’d powers;
Heav’nly sounds around me ring.

10. Worlds above are bright and glorious,
All beneath is dark and void:
Conquest gain’d, I’ll shout victorious
In the praises of my God.

11. Smiling angels now surround me,
Troops resplendent fill the skies,
Glory shining all around me,
While my towering spirit flies.

12. Jesus clad in dazzling splendour,
Now methinks appears in view:
Brethren could you see my Jesus,
You would love and serve Him too.