Shall man O God of life and light

Shall man O God of life and light

Author: Timothy Dwight
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1 Shall man, O God of light and life,
Forever moulder in the grave?
Canst Thou forget Thy glorious work,
Thy promise and Thy pow'r to save?

2 Shall life revisit dying worms,
And spread the joyful insect's wing!
And, oh! shall man awake no more
To see Thy face, Thy name to sing?

3 Cease, cease, ye vain desponding fears!
When Christ, our Lord, from darkness sprung,
Death, the last foe, was captive led,
And heav'n with praise and wonder rung.

4 Him, the First-Fruits, His chosen sons
Shall follow from the vanquished grave;
He mounts His throne, the King of kings,
His Church to quicken and to save.

5 Faith sees the bright, eternal doors
Unfold to make His children way;
They shall be clothed with endless life,
And shine in everlasting day.

6 The trump shall sound, the dust awake;
And from the tomb the slumb'rers spring;
Through heav'n the joyful myriads rise,
And hail their Savior and their King.

Source: Evangelical Lutheran hymnal: with music #451

Author: Timothy Dwight

Dwight, Timothy, D.D. This is the most important name in early American hymnology, as it is also one of the most illustrious in American literature and education. He was born at Northampton, Massachusetts, May 14, 1752, and graduated at Yale College, 1769; was a tutor there from 1771 to 1777. He then became for a short time a chaplain in the United States Army, but passed on in 1783 to Fairfield, Connecticut, where he held a pastorate, and taught in an Academy, till his appointment, in 1795, as President of Yale College. His works are well known, and need no enumeration. He died at New Haven, Jan. 11, 1817. In 1797 the General Association of Connecticut, being dissatisfied with Joel Barlow's 1785 revision of Watts, requested Dwight to do th… Go to person page >

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