1 Believing souls, rejoice and sing,
Your risen Savior see,
And say, “O death, where is thy sting!
O grace, thy victory!”
Rejoice, your conquering Savior lives,
He lives to die no more;
And life eternal freely gives,
Since He our sorrows bore.
2 Sing praises to our risen Lord;
And lasting bliss are now restored
For all, for you and me;
Believe the wondrous deed, my soul,
Adore His saving Name;
Rejoice, ye saints, from pole to pole
His love and power proclaim.
3 The Prince of glory bowed His head,
Expiring on the Cross;
But now the Lord is risen indeed,
Is risen and lives for us;
Rejoice, and in the dust adore
The Lamb for sinners slain;
He liveth now and evermore,
For evermore to reign.
Swertner, John, b. Sept. 12, 1746, at Haarlem, in Holland, Moravian minister at various places in England and Ireland; d. at Bristol, March 11, 1813.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
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ST. MATTHEW was published in the Supplement to the New Version of Psalms by Dr. Brady and Mr. Tate (1708), where it was set to Psalm 33 and noted as a new tune. The editor of the Supplement, William Croft (PHH 149), may be the composer of ST. MATTHEW. One of the longer British psalm tunes, it has a…