Scripture Verse

Now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.@1 Corinthians 15:20

Words: Ben­ja­min T. Tan­ner, in the Af­ri­can Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal Hymn and Tune Book (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Af­ri­can Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal Book Con­cern, 1898), num­ber 752.

Music: Me­tro­po­Li­tan John T. Lay­ton, Sr., 1898 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Benjamin T. Tanner
(1835–1923)

Lyrics

From out the tomb the Savior comes,
The first of all the dead;
From out the tomb the Savior comes,
To be our living head.

What is the stone His foes have placed
To make secure the grave?
And what the great Sanhedrin seal
The priests so freely gave?

He must wake, He must arise,
For have not prophets said,
God’s Holy One shall never share
Corruption with the dead?

Now see, in shimmering light, He leaves
The dead, no more to die.
Conqueror of sin, and death and hell,
He re-ascends the sky.