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HE dies; the FRIEND of Sinners dies!

Delivered for our Offences—Raised again for our Justification, Rom. iv. 25.

Poet: Alt. by Martin Madan, 1760
Meter: Long Meter Double (8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
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 drop a Tear or two,
For Him who groan’d beneath your Load;
He shed a thousand Drops for you,
A Thousand Drops of richer Blood!

Salem 68t, Stanza 1 (lines 1, 2, 3, & 4)

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 Tears ye Saints! and tell
How high our great Deliv’rer reigns!
Sing how He spoil’d the Hosts of Hell,
And led the Monster Death in Chains!
Say “Live for ever, wond’rous King!
“Born to redeem! And strong to save;”
Then Ask the Monster—“where’s thy Sting?
“And where’s thy Victory, boasting Grave!”

Salem 68t, Stanza 2 (lines 5, 6, 7, & 8)

* Luke xxiii. 27, 28.
† Matt. xxviii. 45-51.
This hymn poem is a rewritten variation of He dies, the Heav’nly Lover dies,, written by Isaac Watts.
Madan, Martin. Collection of Psalms and Hymns, Extracted from various Authors, and Published by the Reverend Mr. Madan. Fifth Edition with an Appendix. London: Printed by Henry Cook, 1767.