Kelly, Thomas, B.A., son of Thomas Kelly, a Judge of the Irish Court of Common Pleas, was born in Dublin, July 13, 1769, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He was designed for the Bar, and entered the Temple, London, with that intention; but having undergone a very marked spiritual change he took Holy Orders in 1792. His earnest evangelical preaching in Dublin led Archbishop Fowler to inhibit him and his companion preacher, Rowland Hill, from preaching in the city. For some time he preached in two unconsecrated buildings in Dublin, Plunket Street, and the Bethesda, and then, having seceded from the Established Church, he erected places of worship at Athy, Portarlington, Wexford, &c, in which he conducted divine worship and preached. H… Go to person page >
The Lord is risen indeed. T. Kelly. [Easter.] First published in his Collection of Psalms & Hymns, &c, Dublin, 1802, No. 263, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and then in his Hymns, &c, 1804, and later editions. In the latest edition it was expanded to 8 stanzas as in that of 1853, the addition there being stanza vi. It is found in full or in an abridged form in a large number of hymnbooks.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)