poeſy (kardiognosis) wrote in believeth_in_me,

Rock of Ages

Just quickly, I really love Mozart's Requiem. I think I wouldn't mind the Lacrymosa at my funeral, as the only Latin hymn.

Lacrimosa dies ilia
Qua resurget ex favilla
Judicandus homo reus.
Huic ergo parce, Deus,
Pie Jesu Domine,
Dona eis requiem.

I found yet another possible hymn for my funeral. Hearing it sung is quite moving, for the hymn is slow moving.

The hymn says everything I could ever wish for a funeral hymn of mine to say. The first stanza speaks of a passionate love of Christ, a very personal love. The second speaks of the cure that Christ brings - ending solidarity, humility, and hurt (though they be Christian virtues, Christ ends them with his all-consuming blazing love.) The third speaks of the desperare Christian situation - that people are nothing without Christ. Yet it is the final stanza that gives this hymn the power it needs - it speaks of the Christian death, and it is for this that I would love this hymn for my funeral in years to come.

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure;
Cleanse me from its guilt and power.

Not the labour of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears for ever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to the cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Saviour, or I die.

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes are closed in death,
When I soar through tracts unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.
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