Death gain to the faithful.
WHY should our tears in sorrow ﬂow
When God recalls his own,
And bids them leave a world of wo,
For an immortal crown?
2 Is not e’en death a gain to those
Whose life to God was given?
Gladly to earth their eyes they close,
To open them in heaven.
3 Their toils are past, their work is done,
And they are fully blest;
They fought the ﬁght, the vict’ry won,
And enter’d into rest.
4 Then let our sorrows cease to ﬂow;
God has recall’d his own;
But let our hearts, in ever wo,
Still say,—Thy will be done.
Methodist Episcopal hymnal (1870 edition)
According to Hymnary.org, the author is William Hiley Bathurst, with whom I am not familiar.
According to Hymnary.org again, Conder's Collection is named from a Josiah Conder.