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THE FRIEND OF SINNERS DIES




He dies! the Friend of sinners dies!
Lo! Salem’s daughters weep around;
A solemn darkness veils the skies,
A sudden trembling shakes the ground.


Come, saints, and with your tears bedew,
The Sufferer bruised, beneath your load:
He poured out cries and tears for you,
He shed for you his precious blood.


Here’s love and grief beyond degree:
The Lord of Glory dies for men!
But lo! what sudden joys we see,
Jesus, the dead, revives again!


The rising God forsakes the tomb;
The tomb in vain forbids His rise;
Cherubic legions guard Him home,
And shout Him welcome to the skies.


Break off your fears, ye saints, and tell
How high your great Deliv’rer reigns;
Sing how He spoiled the hosts of hell,
And led the monster death in chains!


Say, “Live forever, wondrous King!
Born to redeem, and strong to save;”
Then ask the monster, “Where’s thy sting?”
And, “Where’s thy vict’ry, boasting grave?”


---Alternative verses---


Come, saints, and drop a tear or two
For Him who groaned beneath your load:
He shed a thousand drops for you,
A thousand drops of richer blood.


Break off your tears, ye saints, and tell
How high your great Deliv’rer reigns;
Sing how He spoiled the hosts of hell,
And led the monster death in chains!


The rising Lord forsakes the tomb;
The tomb in vain forbids His rise;
Cherubic legions guard Him home,
And shout Him welcome to the skies.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1709
      Bible Refs: Rm 4:25; Rm 4:25; 1 Co 15:55; Rev 1:18;
      MUSIC
      Name: STORRS
      Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1883
        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
        Name meter
        8 8 8 8 D (D.L.M.)
        8 8 8 8 (L.M.)

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