Author – Charles Wesley 1707-1788
Composer – not identified
Matthew 28:6 – He is not here: For He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
This hymn was written by Charles Wesley for the first service in the chapel called the Foundry Meeting House in 1739. This hymn was originally entitled “Hymn For Easter Day” and consisted of eleven four-line stanzas.
The popularity of this hymn is due in part to the fine tune with which is has been wedded for many years. The Composer of the music has never been identified. The tune first appeared anonymously in the Lyra Davidica hymnal, published in 1708. The joyous “alleluia” at the end of each line was not written by Wesley but was added by some editor to make the text fit the tune.
Charles Wesley is also the author of “Jesus, Lover Of My Soul”, O For A Thousand Tongues” and “Hark!The Herald Angels Sing”.