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 21 hymnals

Representative Text

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

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… 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


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 - 21 of 21)

Anglican Hymn Book #116

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Church Hymns: with tunes (New ed.) #164

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Church Psalmist: or psalms and hymns for the public, social and private use of evangelical Christians (5th ed.) #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 & Modern, New Edition #155

Hymns Ancient and Modern (Standard ed.) #139

Hymns Ancient and Modern: for use in the services of the church, with accompanying tunes #116

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

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Psalms and Hymns: adapted to social, private and public worship in the Cumberland Presbyterian Chruch #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: or hymns, selected for the private use and social meetings of evangelical Christians #172

The Beginner's Choir No.1 #d4

The Sarum Hymnal #140

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