Scripture Verse

If Christ be not raised, your faith is vain. 1 Corinthians 15:17


Thomas Kelly

Words: Tho­mas Kel­ly, Hymns Not Be­fore Pub­lished (Dub­lin: Tho­mas John­ston, 1815), num­ber 6.

Music: Wood­worth Will­iam B. Brad­bu­ry, Men­dels­sohn Col­lec­tion, or Third Book of Psalm­o­dy (New York: Iv­i­son, Phin­ney, 1849) (🔊 pdf nwc).

William B. Bradbury


If Jesus rose not from the grave,
The faith of all His saints is vain:
That He can have no power to save,
If death detains Him still, is plain.

If Jesus rose not from the grave,
We’re guilty still, our sins remain:
The hope is vain His people have;
If Jesus rose not, hope is vain.

If Jesus rose not from the grave,
His foes were right in all they said:
For He to all assurance gave
That He would rise, and leave the dead.

If Jesus rose not from the grave,
Then all He said was empty boast:
His claims no good foundation have;
And they who sleep in Him are lost.

If Jesus rose not from the grave,
The thief that perished by His side,
As just a claim as He would have,
To be the sinner’s hope and guide.

But now is Jesus risen indeed:
The first fruits He of those who sleep:
Rejoice ye saints, the Prisoner’s freed;
For who could such a prisoner keep?

He fought with Death, the saints’ last foe:
And though He seemed to lose the day,
’Twas Death sustained the overthrow,
Subdued by Him who seemed his prey.

Doubt then no more, ye saints, nor grieve
The Lord is risen, is risen indeed;
Because He lives, His saints shall live:
Shall live with Him, their glorious head.

He sits at God’s right hand above,
The dread of foes, the joy of friends;
Supreme in power, in truth, in love,
His kingdom, one that never ends.

The glorious day is drawing near,
When He who lay in yonder tomb,
With crowds of angels shall appear,
And take His waiting people home.