Scripture Verse

I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. John 11:25


Ray Palmer (1808–1887)

Words: Ray Pal­mer, 1842. Pal­mer wrote these words in Bath, Maine.

Music: Sha­ron (Wall­head) Tho­mas Wall­head, 1877 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Palmer or Wallhead (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


When down­ward to the dark­some tomb
I thought­ful turn my eyes,
Frail na­ture trem­bles at the gloom,
And anx­ious fears arise.

Why shrinks my soul? In death’s em­brace
Once Je­sus cap­tive slept;
And an­gels, ho­ver­ing o’er the place,
His low­ly pi­llow kept.

Thus shall they guard my sleep­ing dust,
And, as the Sav­ior rose,
The grave again shall yield her trust,
And end my deep re­pose.

My Lord, be­fore to glo­ry gone,
Shall bid me come away;
And calm and bright shall break the dawn
Of Hea­ven’s eter­nal day.

Then let my faith each fear dis­pel,
And gild with light the grave;
To Him my lof­ti­est prais­es swell,
Who died from death to save.