Scripture Verse

You will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. Psalm 16:10


Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns for Our Lord’s Re­sur­rec­tion (Lon­don: Will­iam Stra­han, 1746), num­ber 14.

Music: Dia­de­ma­ta George J. El­vey, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1868 (🔊 pdf nwc)

George J. Elvey (1816–1893)
National Portrait Gallery



Ye men of Is­ra­el, hear
The words of truth and grace,
Jesus did in the flesh ap­pear
To save a sink­ing race;
A man of God ap­proved,
By signs and won­ders known,
Jesus, the Fa­ther’s well-beloved,
The co-eter­nal Son.

The Prince of Life and Peace,
By Heav’n’s su­preme decree
Delivered up, ye dared to seize,
And nail Him to the tree;
Taken by wick­ed hands,
And cru­ci­fied and slain;
But God hath loosed the mor­tal bands,
And raised Him up again.

It was not pos­si­ble
That death should keep his prey;
God would not leave His soul in hell,
Or let His flesh de­cay:
His flesh re­posed in hope
Of the third joy­ful morn,
And then the Fa­ther raised Him up,
And God again was born.

This Je­sus is re­stored
To life by pow­er di­vine;
We all pro­claim our liv­ing Lord,
And in His prais­es join:
We are His wit­ness­es,
He is gone up on high,
Exalted to His na­tive place,
He lives no more to die.

Again at God’s right hand
Our Lord is called to sit,
Till all who now His sway with­stand
Are crushed be­neath His feet:
Be it to Is­ra­el’s seed,
To ev­ery sin­ner known,
God hath per­formed His oath indeed,
Hath glo­ri­fied His Son.

Sinners, be­lieve He died,
And rose to buy your peace;
Jesus the Christ, the Cru­ci­fied,
The Lord of Life con­fess;
Repent in Je­sus’ name,
Believe and be for­giv­en,
And take the Ho­ly Ghost ye claim,
And rise with us to Hea­ven.