“Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” by Charles Wesley
Wesley, Charles. “Hymn for Easter-Day.” Hymns and Sacred Poems. London: Strahan, 1739. p. 209-211. Accessed through The Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition, Duke Divinity School.
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Hymn for Easter-Day.71
- “Christ the Lord is ris’n to day,”
Sons of men and angels say,
Raise your joys and triumphs high,
Sing ye heav’ns, and earth reply.
- 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.
- Vain the stone, the watch, the seal;
Christ has burst the gates of hell!
Death in vain forbids his rise:
Christ has open’d paradise!
- Lives again our glorious King,
Where, O death, is now thy sting?
Dying once he all doth save,72
Where thy victory, O grave?
- 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!
- What tho’ once we perish’d all,
Partners in our parent’s fall?
Second life we all receive,
In our heav’nly Adam live.
- Ris’n with him, we upward move,
Still we seek the things above,
Still pursue, and kiss the Son
Seated on his Father’s throne;
- Scarce on earth a thought bestow,
Dead to all we leave below,
Heav’n our aim, and lov’d abode,
Hid our life with Christ in God!
- Hid; till Christ our life appear,
Glorious in his members here:
Join’d to him, we then shall shine
All immortal, all divine!
- Hail the Lord of earth and heav’n!
Praise to thee by both be giv’n:
Thee we greet triumphant now;
Hail the resurrection thou!
- King of Glory, soul of bliss,
Everlasting life is this,
Thee to know, thy pow’r to prove,
Thus to sing, and thus to love!
71Charles included a manuscript copy of this hymn in MS Richmond Tracts, 22–23.
72Changed to “Once he died our souls to save” in 4th edn. (1743) and 5th edn. (1756).
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