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Asleep in Jesus, blessèd sleep,
from which none ever wakes to weep;
a calm and undisturbed repose,
unbroken by the last of foes.
Asleep in Jesus, O how sweet,
to be for such a slumber meet,
with holy confidence to sing
that death has lost his venomed sting!
Asleep in Jesus, peaceful rest,
whose waking is supremely blessed;
no fear, no woe, shall dim that hour
that manifests the Savior’s power.
Asleep in Jesus, O for me
may such a blessèd refuge be!
securely shall my ashes lie
and wait the summons from on high.
Asleep in Jesus! Far from thee
thy kindred and their graves may be;
but there is still a blessèd sleep,
from which none ever wakes to weep.
Margaret Mackay (1802-1887), 1832
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This verse (the penultimate in the original) is omitted in the American Episcopal hymnals:
Asleep in Jesus, time nor space
debars this precious “hiding place”;
on Indian plains or Lapland snows
believers find the same respose.