Around thy grave, Lord Jesus

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1 Around Thy grave, Lord Jesus,
In spirit here we stand,
With hearts all full of praises,
To keep Thy blest command.
By faith, our souls rejoicing,
To trace Thy path of love,
Thro’ death’s dark angry billows,
Up to the throne above.

2 Lord, Jesus, we remember
The travail of Thy soul,
When in Thy love’s deep pity
The waves did o’er Thee roll.
Baptised in death’s cold waters,
For us Thy blood was shed,
For us Thou, Lord of Glory,
Wast numbered with the dead.

3 O Lord, Thou now art risen,
Thy travail all is o’er;
For sin Thou once has suffered—
Thou liv’st to die no more.
Sin, death, and hell are vanquished
By Thee, the Church’s Head;
And now we share Thy triumph,
Thou First-born from the dead.

4 Unto Thy death baptized,
We own with Thee we died;
With Thee, our life, we’re risen:—
And shall be glorified.
From sin, the world, and Satan,
We’re ransomed by Thy blood,
And here would walk as strangers,
Alive with Thee to God.

Source: Evangelistic Songs #75

Author: James G. Deck

Deck, James George, eldest son of John Deck, of Bury St. Edmunds, was born in 1802 and educated for the army, and became an officer in the Indian service. Retiring from the army, and having joined the Plymouth Brethren, he undertook, in 1843, the charge of a congregation of that body, at Wellington, Somerset. In 1852 be went abroad and settled in New Zealand. His hymns were published in Hymns for the Poor of the Flock, 1837-1838; Psalms and Hymns, &c, London, Walther (containing those in the former collection), 1842; the Wellington Hymn Book, 1857; Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1860. Of his hymns now in use outside his own denomination, the greater part appeared in the 1837-1838 book, and are found in his brother-in-law's (Dr. Walker's) Chelte… Go to person page >

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First Line: Around thy grave, Lord Jesus
Author: James G. Deck
Copyright: Public Domain


Around Thy grave, Lord Jesus. J. G. Deck. [Holy Baptism.] First published in Psalms & Hymns, London, Walther, 1842, pt. i., No. 277, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines. It is given in an unaltered form in Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866, No. 921; and in the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858, No. 699, with alterations made for that collection by Mr. George Rawson. The American collections, however, usually follow the original text.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Composed by Samuel S. Wesley (PHH 206), AURELIA (meaning "golden") was published as a setting for “Jerusalem the Golden” in Selection of Psalms and Hymns, which was compiled by Charles Kemble and Wesley in 1864. Though opinions vary concerning the tune's merits (Henry J. Gauntlett once condemned…

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Hymns of the Christian Life #423

The Baptist Hymnal #537

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