Jesus lives! thy terrors now

Jesus lives! thy terrors now
Can, O Death, no more appall us;
Jesus lives! by this we know
Thou, O Grave, canst not enthrall us.
Jesus lives! henceforth is death
But the gate of Life immortal;
This shall calm our trembling breath,
When we pass its gloomy portal.
Jesus lives! for us He died;
Then alone to Jesus living,
Pure in heart may we abide,
Glory to our Savior giving.
Jesus lives! our hearts know well
Naught from us His love shall sever;
Life, nor death, nor powers of hell
Tear us from His keeping ever.
Jesus lives! to Him the Throne
Over all the world is given;
We, in spirit with Him one,
Rest and reign with Him in heaven.
Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

Gellert was a German poet. Born in Saxony, the son of a Lutheran pastor, he studied at the University of Leipzig, but his temperament was not suited to preaching. He became a teacher at the university. Many of his poems have an instructional tendency. - Songs of the Spirit by Martin


the original last stanza says:

Jesus lives! to Him the throne

over all the world is given:

may we go where He has gone,

rest and reign with Him in heaven.