|Composer:||Robert Lowry (1874)|
|Meter:||184.108.40.206 with refrain|
|Incipit:||55665 55466 55566|
Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior,
waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!
The gospel tune CHRIST AROSE captures well the drama of Christ's resurrection with the ascending ("rocket") figures in the refrain. Undoubtedly, the refrain line has greatly enhanced this hymn's popularity. Sing in harmony with crisp rhythms and marcato accompaniment on the refrain. After the final stanza hold back the tempo on the last line of the refrain. Finish with "Christ arose" in three crashing chords with full organ. Sing the stanzas at a subdued pace, the refrain a bit faster.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook