Day Dawns on the Night of the Grave

Shall man, O God of life and light

Author: Timothy Dwight
Published in 113 hymnals

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1 Shall man, O God of light and life,
Forever moulder in the grave?
Canst Thou forget Thy glorious work,
Thy promise and Thy pow'r to save?

2 Shall life revisit dying worms,
And spread the joyful insect's wing!
And, oh! shall man awake no more
To see Thy face, Thy name to sing?

3 Cease, cease, ye vain desponding fears!
When Christ, our Lord, from darkness sprung,
Death, the last foe, was captive led,
And heav'n with praise and wonder rung.

4 Him, the First-Fruits, His chosen sons
Shall follow from the vanquished grave;
He mounts His throne, the King of kings,
His Church to quicken and to save.

5 Faith sees the bright, eternal doors
Unfold to make His children way;
They shall be clothed with endless life,
And shine in everlasting day.

6 The trump shall sound, the dust awake;
And from the tomb the slumb'rers spring;
Through heav'n the joyful myriads rise,
And hail their Savior and their King.

Source: Evangelical Lutheran hymnal: with music #451

Author: Timothy Dwight

Timothy Dwight (b. Northampton, MA, 1752; d. Philadelphia, PA, 1817) was a grandson of Jonathan Edwards who became a Congregationalist pastor, a Revolutionary War army chaplain, a tutor and professor at Yale College, and president of Yale from 1795 to 1817. As president he continued to teach and serve as chaplain and was instrumental in improving both the academic and the spiritual life of the college. Bert Polman… Go to person page >

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First Line: Shall man, O God of life and light
Title: Day Dawns on the Night of the Grave
Author: Timothy Dwight
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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