Scripture Verse

I know that my Redeemer liveth. Job 19:25

Introduction

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William Tans’ur (1700–1783)

Words: Anne Steele, 1760.

Music: Roth­well (Tan­s’ur) Will­iam Tan­s’ur, 1754 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Steele (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Lyrics

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,
Pleads the full merit of His blood.

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,
Sweet mercy smiles, and all is peace.

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

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,
That Je­sus bears us on His heart.

Great Advocate, al­migh­ty Friend!
On Him our humble hopes depend;
Our cause can ne­ver, ne­ver fail,
For Je­sus pleads, and must prevail,
For Je­sus pleads, and must prevail.