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Shed not a tear o’er your friend’s early bier,
When I am gone, when I am gone;
Smile when the slow tolling bell you shall hear,
When I am gone, when I am gone;
Weep not for me as you stand round my grave,
Think who has died His beloved to save,
Think of the crown all the ransomed shall wear,
When I am gone, I am gone.

Shed not a tear as you all kneel in prayer,
When I am gone, when I am gone;
Sing a sweet song when my grave you shall see,
When I am gone, when I am gone;
Sing to the Lamb who on earth once was slain,
Sing to the Lamb who in heaven doth reign,
Sing till the earth shall be filled with His name,
When I am gone, I am gone.

Plant you a rose that shall bloom o’er my grave,
When I am gone, when I am gone;
Sing a sweet song, such as angels may have,
When I am gone, when I am gone;
Praise ye the Lord that I’m freed from all care,
Pray ye the Lord that my joys you shall share,
Look up on high and believe that I’m there,
When I am gone, I am gone.

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