Hymns for our Lord's Resurrection/Hymn I

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HYMN I.

1.ALL ye that seek the Lord who died,
Your GOD for Sinners crucified,
Prevent the earliest Dawn, and come
To worship at his sacred Tomb.

2Bring the sweet Spices of your Sighs,
Your contrite Hearts, and streaming Eyes,
Your sad Complaints, and humble Fears;
Come, and embalm Him with your Tears.

3While thus ye love your Souls t'employ,
Your Sorrow shall be turn'd to Joy:
Now, let all your Grief be o'er!
Believe; and ye shall weep no more.

4An Earthquake hath the Cavern shook,
And burst the Door, and rent the Rock;
The Lord hath sent his Angel down,
And he hath rolled away the Stone.

5As Snow behold his Garment white,
His Countenance as Lightning bright:
He sits, and waves a flaming Sword,
And waits upon his Rising Lord.

6The third Auspicious Morn is come,
And calls your Savior from the Tomb,
The Bands of Death are torn away,
The yawning Tomb gives back its Prey.

7Could neither Seal nor Stone secure,
Nor Men, nor Devils make it sure?
The Seal is broke, the Stone cast by,
And all the Pow'rs of Darkness fly.

8The Body breathes, and lifts his Head,
The Keepers sink, and fall as dead;
The Dead restor'd to Life appear,
The Living quake, and die for Fear.

9No Power a Band of Soldiers have
To keep One Body in its Grave:
Surely it no Dead Body was
That could the Roman Eagles chase.

10The Lord of Life is ris'n indeed,
To Death deliver'd in your stead;
His Rise proclaims your Sins forgiven,
And shews the Living Way to Heaven.

11Haste then, ye Souls that first believe,
Who dare the Gospel-Word receive,
Your Faith with joyful Hearts confess,
Be bold, be JESUS' Witnesses.

12Go tell the Followers of your Lord
Their JESUS is to Life restor'd;
He lives, that They his Life may find;
He lives, to quicken all Mankind.