Christ My Song - 640
When downward to the darksome tomb - The resurrection
(Ray Palmer/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
"Jesus said, … I am the resurrection and the life." (John 11,25)
2. Why shrinks my soul? In death's embrace
once Jesus captive slept;
and angels, hovering o'er the place,
his lowly pillow kept.
3. Thus shall they guard my sleeping dust,
and, as the Saviour rose,
the grave again shall yield her trust,
and end my deep repose.
4. My Lord, before to glory gone,
shall bid me come away;
and calm and bright shall break the dawn
of heaven's eternal day.
5. 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.
Ray Palmer, in: The Poetical Works of Ray Palmer, 1876, 61.