Composer: Robert Lowry

Robert Lowry was born in Philadelphia, March 12, 1826. His fondness for music was exhibited in his earliest years. As a child he amused himself with the various musical instruments that came into his hands. At the age of seventeen he joined the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, and soon became an active worker in the Sunday-school as teacher and chorister. At the age of twenty-two he gave himself to the work of the ministry, and entered upon a course of study at the University of Lewisburg, Pa. At the age of twenty-eight he was graduated with the highest honors of his class. In the same year of his graduation, he entered upon the work of the ministry. He served as pastor at AVest Chester, Pa., 1851-1858; in New York City, 1859-1861;… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Robert Lowry (1874)
Meter: with refrain
Incipit: 55665 55466 55566
Key: B♭ Major


Low in the Grave He Lay

Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior,
waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!

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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


Baptist Hymnal 1991 #160
Text: Low in the Grave He Lay
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Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #118
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The Cyber Hymnal #3782
Text: Low in the Grave He Lay
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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #396
Text: Low in the Grave Christ Lay
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The United Methodist Hymnal #322
Text: Up from the Grave He Arose
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Worship and Rejoice #294
Text: Christ Arose!


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