Scripture Verse

Thou hast led captivity captive. Psalm 68:18


Isaac Watts

Words: Isaac Watts (1674–1748). Lead­ing Cap­ti­vi­ty Cap­tive. By Dr. Watts. In most ver­sions the first line is giv­en, He dies! the Friend of sin­ners dies! In this, the orig­in­al line of Watts is re­stored. All other de­vi­a­tions from the orig­in­al are by John Wes­ley, prob­ab­ly the most ju­di­cious men­der of hymns the Church has pro­duced. Hymns for All Chris­tians, ed­it­ed by Charles F. Deems & Phoe­be Ca­ry (New York: Hurd & Hough­ton, 1869), page 33.

Music: Acon­ca­gua Claude H. Bot­toms, in The Best Gos­pel Songs and Their Com­pos­ers (Dal­ton, Georgi­a: An­tho­ny J. Sho­wal­ter, 1904), num­ber 184 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a bet­ter pho­to of Bot­toms, would you ?

Claud H. Bottoms


He dies! the heav’nly Lover 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 richest blood.

Here’s love and grief beyond degree:
The Lord of glory dies for man!
But lo! what sudden joys we see:
Jesus, the dead, revives again.
The rising God forsakes the tomb;
In vain the tomb forbids Him rise;
Cherubic legions guard Him home,
And shout Him welcome to the skies.

Break off your tears, ye saints, and tell
How high your great deliv’rer reigns;
Sing how He spoiled the hosts of hell,
And led the monster Death in chains:
Say, Live forever, 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?