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The first born from among the dead Jesus




“The first born from among the dead,”
Jesus is risen his people’s Head,
To make their life secure;
They too, like him, shall yield their breath,
Like him, shall burst the bands of death,
Their resurrection sure.


Why should his people now be sad,
Who have such reason to be glad,
As reconciled to God?
Jesus, the mighty Saviour, lives;
To them eternal life he gives
The purchase of his blood.


Why should his people fear the grave,
Since Jesus will their spirits save,
And raise their bodies too?
What though his earthly house shall fail,
Almighty power will yet prevail,
And build it up anew.


Oh, may we then be faithful found,
And in our master’s work abound,
Steadfast, immoveable;
Our labour shall not be in vain,
Our bodies shall be raised again,
No more corruptible.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 8 6 8 8 6
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      Dates:
      Bible Refs: Col 1:18; Rev 1:5;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
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      1853# 515
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