Looking to Jesus in Death

Why should we shrink at Jordan's flood

Author: Joseph Swain
Published in 2 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Why should we shrink at Jordan’s flood,
Or dread the unknown way?
See, yonder rolls a stream of blood,
That bears the curse away.

2 Death lost his sting when Jesus bled;
When Jesus left the ground,
Disarmed, the King of terrors fled,
And felt a mortal wound.

3 And now his office is to wait
Between the saints and sin;
A porter at the heavenly gate,
To let the pilgrims in.

4 And though his pale and ghastly face
May seem to frown the while;
We soon shall see the King of grace,
And he’ll for ever smile.

Source: A Selection of Hymns for Public Worship. In four parts (10th ed.) (Gadsby's Hymns) #467

Author: Joseph Swain

Swain, Joseph, was born at Birmingham in 1761, and after being apprenticed to an engraver, removed to London. After a time he became a decided Christian, and being of an emotional poetic temperament, began to give expression to his new thoughts and feelings in hymns. In 1783 he was baptized by the Rev. Dr. Rippon, and in 1791 became minister of a Baptist congregation in East Street, Walworth. After a short but popular and very useful ministry, he died April 16, 1796 Swain published the following:— (1) A Collection of Poems on Several Occasions, London, 1781; (2) Redemption, a Poem in five Books, London, 1789; (3) Experimental Essays on Divine Subjects, London, 1791; (4) Walworth Hymns, by J. Swain, Pastor of the Baptist Church Meeting… Go to person page >

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First Line: Why should we shrink at Jordan's flood
Title: Looking to Jesus in Death
Author: Joseph Swain
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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