He lives, the great Redeemer lives

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1 He lives, the great redeemer lives,
(What joy the blest assurance gives!)
And now before his father God,
Pleads the full merit of his blood.

2 Repeated crimes awake our fears,
And justice armed with frowns appears;
But in the Savior's lovely face
Sweet mercy smiles, and all is peace.

3 Hence then, ye black despairing thoughts,
Above our fears, above our faults,
His powerful intercessions rise
And guilt recedes, and terror dies.

4 In every dark distressful hour,
When sin and Satan join their power;
Let this dear hope repel the dart
That Jesus bears us on his heart.

5 Great advocate, almighty friend--
On him our humble hopes depend:
Our cause can never, never fail,
For Jesus pleads and must prevail.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

Author: Anne Steele

Anne Steele was born at Broughton, Hampshire, in 1717. Her father was a timber merchant, and at the same time officiated as the lay pastor of the Baptist Society at Broughton. Her mother died when she was 3. At the age of 19 she became an invalid after injuring her hip. At the age of 21 she was engaged to be married but her fiance drowned the day of the wedding. On the occasion of his death she wrote the hymn "When I survey life's varied scenes." After the death of her fiance she assisted her father with his ministry and remained single. Despite her sufferings she maintained a cheerful attitude. She published a book of poetry Poems on subjects chiefly devotional in 1760 under the pseudonym "Theodosia." The remaining works were published a… Go to person page >

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First Line: He lives, the great Redeemer lives
Author: Anne Steele
Language: English


He lives! the great Redeemer lives. Anne Steele. [Easter.] First published in her Poems on Subjects chiefly Devotional, 1760, vol. i. p. 64, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines and entitled, "The Intercession of Christ," and in Sedgwick's reprint of her Hymns, 1863, p. 40. It passed into the Nonconformist collections through Rippon's Selection, 1787; and into those of the Church of England through Toplady's Psalms & Hymns, 2nd edition 1787. It is one of the most popular of the author's hymns, and is in extensive use, especially in America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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