Farewell

Written to the tune Finlandia by Jean Sibelius

Fare well. We come to send you on the way
we all must walk, so final, secret, strange.
In wondering awe, in grief and hope we pray,
pilgrims of time, to one who does not change,
whose love can lead us through the darkest night
to life and joy in everlasting light.

No more we hear your voice or see your face,
gone from our world, our close familiar home.
Yet one who went before prepared a place,
his Father ’s house, with room for all who come,
whose love can lead us through the darkest night
to life and joy in everlasting light.

Now for your life, your love and labours here
our hearts give thanks. Your spirit we commend
to him who told his sad flock not to fear,
‘Look, I am with you all, till time shall end’,
whose love can lead us through the darkest night
to life and joy in everlasting light.

Far from our sight you journey: travel well.
All still are one who hear the promise given –
one battle joined to conquer death and hell,
one Lord of all, on earth as now in heaven,
whose love can lead us through the darkest night
to life and joy in everlasting light.

Poems of the Spirit