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The rising God forsakes the tomb

The rising God forsakes the tomb

Author: Isaac Watts
Tune: ST. BERNARD (Monk)
Published in 12 hymnals

Representative Text

1 The rising God forsakes the tomb;
Up to His Father's court He flies;
Cherubic legions guard Him home,
And shout Him welcome to the skies.

2 Break off your tears, ye saints, and tell
How high our great Deliverer reigns;
Sing how He spoil'd the hosts of hell,
And let the tyrant death in chains.

3 Say, "Live for ever, glorious King,
Born to redeem, and strong to save!"
Then ask--"O death, where is thy sting?
And where thy victory, O grave?"

Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The rising God forsakes the tomb
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English


The rising God forsakes the tomb. This is part of "He dies! the Heavenly Lover dies," p. 500, i. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)



Instances (1 - 12 of 12)

A Selection of Psalms with occasional hymns #d61

Familiar Hymns with Music, New and Old, a Companion #d66

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Hymnal and Canticles of the Protestant Episcopal Church with Music (Gilbert & Goodrich) #119

Hymnal of the Reformed Episcopal Church, adopted in General Council, Chicago, May 1879 #d299


Hymnal #119

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Hymnal #119

Hymns Suited to the Feasts and Fasts of the Church ... #d34

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The Church Hymnal with Canticles #119a

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The Church Hymnal with Canticles #119b

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The Hymnal #119

The Sunday School Chorister #d103

The Sunday School Liturgy #d51

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