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Hymn 44 part 1

 Christ's dying, rising, and reigning.
Luke 23:27,29,44-46; Mt.
27:50,57; 28:6ff.
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 groaned beneath your load: He shed a thousand drops for you, A thousand drops of richer 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 our great Deliv'rer reigns; Sing how he spoiled the hosts of hell, And led the monster Death in chains.
Say, "Live for ever, 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?"

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