Death Viewed in Jesus

Death and the grave are doleful themes

Author: Samuel Medley
Published in 6 hymnals

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1 Death and the grave are doleful themes,
For sinful mortal worms to sing;
Except a Saviour’s brighter beams
Dispel the gloom, and touch the string.

2 Death! awful sound! the fruit of sin,
And terror of the human race;
Who, except Jesus smiles within,
Can look the monster in the face?

3 Yet, dearest Lord, when viewed in thee,
The monster loses all his dread;
There all his frightful horrors flee,
And joy surrounds a dying bed.

4 Jesus, the mighty Saviour, lives,
And he has conquered death and hell:
This truth substantial comfort gives,
And dying saints can sing, “’Tis well.”

Source: A Selection of Hymns for Public Worship. In four parts (10th ed.) (Gadsby's Hymns) #470

Author: Samuel Medley

Medley, Samuel, born June 23, 1738, at Cheshunt, Herts, where his father kept a school. He received a good education; but not liking the business to which he was apprenticed, he entered the Royal Navy. Having been severely wounded in a battle with the French fleet off Port Lagos, in 1759, he was obliged to retire from active service. A sermon by Dr. Watts, read to him about this time, led to his conversion. He joined the Baptist Church in Eagle Street, London, then under the care of Dr. Gifford, and shortly afterwards opened a school, which for several years he conducted with great success. Having begun to preach, he received, in 1767, a call to become pastor of the Baptist church at Watford. Thence, in 1772, he removed to Byrom Street, Liv… Go to person page >

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First Line: Death and the grave are doleful themes
Title: Death Viewed in Jesus
Author: Samuel Medley
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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