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Christ the Lord Is Risen To-day

Alternate Title: Love's Redeeming Work is Done

Hymn for Easter Day

by Charles Wesley

Original Title: “Hymn for Easter Day”

Source: John Wesley, Charles Wesley, Hymns and Sacred Songs. Fourth Edition. (Bristol: Felix Farley, 1743), pp. 144-146.

1. “Christ the Lord is risen today,”
Sons of men and angels say,
Raise your Joys and Triumphs high,
Sing ye Heav'ns; and Earth reply.

2. Love's Redeeming Work is done,
Fought the Fight, the Battle won,
Lo! our Sun's Eclipse is o'er,
Lo! He sets in Blood no more.

3. Vain the Stone, the Watch, the Seal;
Christ hath burst the Gates of Hell !
Death in vain forbids his Rise:
Christ hath open'd Paradise!

4. Lives again our glorious King,
Where, O Death, is now thy Sting?
Once He died our Souls to save, *
Where thy Victory, O Grave?

5. Soar we now, where Christ has led,
Following our Exalted Head,
Made like Him, like Him we rise,
Ours the Cross; the Grave; the Skies!

6. What tho' once we perish'd All,
Partners in our Parent's Fall?
Second Life we All receive,
In our Heav'nly Adam live.

7. Risen with Him, we upward move,
Still we seek the Things above;
Still pursue, and kiss the Son
Seated on His Father's Throne.

8. Scarce on Earth a Thought bestow,
Dead to all we leave below,
Heav'n our Aim, and loved Abode,
Hid our life with Christ in GOD!

9. Hid; 'till Christ our Life appear,
Glorious in His members here:
Join'd to Him, we then shall shine,
All Immortal, all Divine.

10. Hail the Lord of Earth and Heav'n!
Praise to Thee by both be given:
Thee we greet Triumphant now;
Hail the Resurrection Thou!

11. King of Glory, Soul of Bliss!
Everlasting life is This,
Thee to know, thy Power to prove,
Thus to sing, and thus to love!

Footnote:

* "Dying once, He all doth save." Change noted in the 1868 reprint of Vol. 1, The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley.

Note:

Compared to G. Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 1. (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1868), pp. 185-186. “Reprinted from the Originals, With the Last Corrections of the Authors.” Note the change in this edition to verse 4. No other changes occur except punctuation and capitalization.

I was unable to view the 1739 edition of Hymns and Sacred Songs. It is not found in the 1742 edition, but is found in the 1743 edition. It is also included in Vol. 1 of The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley (1868), which was said to be a reproduction of the 1739 edition.

The hymn is a variation of an earlier hymn, Jesus Christ Is Risen Today.

 

Sheet Music from Lyra Davidica, pp. 11-12 (1708)

Also found in The Book of Christmas Hymns (London: T. Nelson and Sons, 1868), pp. x-y. Pages 88-91.

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