1. O show me not my Savior dying,
As on the cross He bled;
Nor in the tomb, a captive lying,
For He has left the dead.
Then bid me not that form extended
For my Redeemer own,
Who, to the highest heavens ascended,
In glory fills the throne.
2. Weep not for Him at Calvary’s station,
Weep only for thy sins;
View where He lay with exultation,
’Tis there our hope begins.
Yet stay not there, thy sorrows feeding,
Amid the scenes He trod;
Look up, and see Him interceding
At the right hand of God.
3. Still in the shameful cross I glory,
Where His dear blood was spilt:
His shameful cross, set forth before me,
Hath canceled all my guilt.
Yet what, ’mid conflict and temptation,
Shall strength and honor give?
He lives, the Captain of Salvation,
Therefore His servants live.
4. By death, He death’s dark king defeated,
And overcame the grave:
Rising, the triumph He completed;
He lives, he reigns to save.
Heaven’s happy myriads bow before Him:
He comes, the Judge of men:
These eyes shall see Him, and adore Him,
Lord Jesus, own me then.
Josiah Conder was born in London, in 1789. He became a publisher, and in 1814 became proprietor of "The Eclectic Review." Subsequently to 1824, he composed a series of descriptive works, called the "Modern Traveller," which appeared in thirty volumes. He also published several volumes of poems and hymns. He was the author of the first "Congregational Hymn Book" (1836). He died in 1855.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >
O show me not my Saviour dying. J. Conder. [Easter.] First published in the Congregational Hymn Book, 1836, No. 160, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines; again in Conner's Choir and Oratory, 1837, p. 65; and again in his posthumous Hymns of Praise, Prayer, &c, 1856, p. 128. Although given for "The Lord's Supper" in The Congregational Hymn Book, it is, strictly speaking, an Easter hymn, and is based on the words "He is not here; He is risen. Come, see the place where the Lord lay." In an abridged form of 3 stanzas, together with alterations, it is given in the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871, as "Show me not only Jesus dying."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)