Come see the place where Jesus lay

Come see the place where Jesus lay, For he hath left his gloomy bed

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 20 hymnals

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Come see the place where Jesus lay,
For He hath left his gloomy bed;
What angel roll'd the stone away?
What spirit brought Him from the dead?

By His omnipotence He rose,
By His own Spirit lived again,
To crush for ever all His foes,
To raise for ever ruin'd men.

Those who His image here partake,
Though worms in dust their flesh consume,
Shall sleep in Jesus, and awake
To life eternal from the tomb.

What shall restore a world from death,
Where Satan holds his murderous reign?
Spirit of Jesus! With Thy breath
Shake the dry bones, revive the slain.

Dead while they live are Adam's race,
By nature, since their Father's fall;
But, lo! the messengers of grace
Proclaim the gospel-hope to all.

Hear it ye dead, of every clime,
Before the second death begins;
Come forth to this new life in time,
This resurrection from your sins.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >

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First Line: Come see the place where Jesus lay, For he hath left his gloomy bed
Title: Come see the place where Jesus lay
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Come, see the place where Jesus lay, For he hath left, &c. J. Montgomery. [Easter.] Written for "The Seventh Anniversary of the Sheffield and Attercliffe Missionary Union in aid of the London Missionary Society," and first sung in public in Howard Street Independent Chapel, Sheffield, on Easter Sunday, April 2nd, 1820. It was printed on a flyleaf for use at these services, and signed "J. M." In 1825 it was included, after careful revision, by Montgomery in his Christian Psalmist, No. 407, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "The power of Christ's Resurrection," No. 495, and again in Original Hymns, 1853, No. 127. Its use is extensive, the revised text of 1825-53 being that which is usually followed

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Instances (1 - 20 of 20)

A Church of England Hymn Book #177

Anglican Hymn Book #116

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Church Psalmist #172

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Church Psalmist #172

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Church Psalmist #172

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #158

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Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #158

Hymns Ancient and Modern (Standard ed.) #139

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Edition #155

Hymns Ancient and Modern #116

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d133

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Psalms and Hymns #141


Sacred Poems and Hymns #127

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Seamen's Hymns #172

Seamen's Hymns and Devotional Assistant #d117

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Social Psalmist #172

The Beginner's Choir No.1 #d4

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The Christian Psalmist; or, Watts' Psalms and Hymns #56

The Sarum Hymnal #140

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