Podcast Episode #2: Gone to the Grave

Episode 2!  We are starting to like this podcasting thing.  Our drummer David Stuart joined us for part of this episode, and we think it's safe to say that he was a very welcomed addition. 

Sometimes there won't be much to say on the corresponding blog posts, and this is one of those weeks.  So here is the episode:

And here is a sweet photo of the original hymn in an old Sacred Harp hymnbook:

And here are the lyrics...

You are gone to the grave
But we will not mourn you
Although sorrow and darkness
Gather round your tomb

The savior has passed through
Death’s door before you
May His lamp guide us through

You are gone to the grave
And your cradle is empty
Here with us you couldn’t stay long
But the sound you heard was the morning song of the angels

Where Heaven’s sunshine beams
Bright on your wakening
Through Hs lamp’s eternal gleam

Your brothers near and your sisters far,
They’re going to see who you really are
When they want to

Thou art gone to the grave, but we will not deplore thee,
Though sorrows and darkness encompass the tomb;
The Savior has passed through its portal before thee,
And the lamp of His love is thy guide through the gloom.

Thou art gone to the grave; we no longer behold thee,
Nor tread the rough path of the world by thy side;
But the wide arms of mercy are spread to enfold thee,
And sinners may hope, since the Sinless has died.

Thou art gone to the grave, and, its mansion forsaking,
Perhaps thy tried spirit in doubt lingered long;
But the sunshine of Heaven beamed bright on thy waking,
And the song which thou heard’st was the seraphims’ song.

Thou art gone to the grave, but ’twere wrong to deplore thee,
When God was thy ransom, thy guardian, thy guide;
He gave thee, and took thee, and soon will restore thee,
Where death has no sting, since the Savior hath died.