Joy From the Certainty of His Resurrection

The Lord is risen indeed, The grave hath lost its prey

Author: Thomas Kelly
Published in 74 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

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1 The Lord is risen indeed;
The grave hath lost its prey;
With Him shall rise the ransomed seed,
To reign in endless day.

2 The Lord is risen indeed;
He lives, to die no more;
He lives, His people's cause to plead,
Whose curse and shame He bore.

3 The Lord is risen indeed;
Attending angels, hear!
Up to the courts of heaven, with speed,
The joyful tidings bear.

4 Then wake your golden lyres,
And strike each cheerful chord;
Join, all ye bright celestial choirs,
To sing our risen Lord.


Source: The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal: official hymnal of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church #174

Author: Thomas Kelly

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 >

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First Line: The Lord is risen indeed, The grave hath lost its prey
Title: Joy From the Certainty of His Resurrection
Author: Thomas Kelly
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



George Frederick Root (b. Sheffield, MA, 1820; d. Bailey's Island, ME, 1895), who is better known for his Civil War songs, composed RIALTO in 1859; the tune is named after an island and bridge in Venice and a theater district in New York City (where Root worked for some years). An energetic tune (wi…

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MORNINGTON (Mornington)

DENNIS (Nägeli)

Lowell Mason (PHH 96) arranged DENNIS and first published it in The Psaltery (1845), a hymnal he compiled with George. Webb (PHH 559). Mason attributed the tune to Johann G. Nageli (b. Wetzikon, near Zurich, Switzerland, 1773; d. Wetzikon, 1836) but included no source reference. Nageli presumably pu…

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