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158. He Dies, the Friend of Sinners Dies

1 He dies, the Friend of sinners dies!
Lo! Salem's daughters weep around.
A solemn darkness veils the skies;
a sudden trembling shakes the ground.

2 Here's love and grief beyond degree:
the Lord of glory dies for men;
but lo, what sudden joys we see!
Jesus, the dead, revives again.

3 The rising God forsakes the tomb!
The tomb in vain forbids His rise:
Cherubic legions guard Him home,
And shout Him welcome to the skies.

4 Break off your tears, ye saints, and tell
how high your great Deliv'rer reigns.
Sing how He spoiled the hosts of hell,
and led the monster, Death, in chains.

5 Say: "Live forever, wondrous King,
born to redeem, and strong to save!"
Then ask the monster: "Where's thy sting?
And where's thy vict'ry, boasting grave?"

Text Information
First Line: He dies, the Friend of sinners dies!
Title: He Dies, the Friend of Sinners Dies
Author: Isaac Watts (1709)
Alterer: Augustus Toplady (1776)
Meter: LM
Language: English
Publication Date: 2017
Topic: Jesus Christ: Suffering and Death
Tune Information
Composer: Thomas Blockley (1861)
Meter: LM
Key: E♭ Major

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