All ye that seek the Lord who died
All ye that seek the Lord who died. Charles Wesley* (1707-1788).
First published in Hymns for our Lord’s Resurrection (1746), in which it had 12 stanzas. It was the first hymn in the book, a vivid and moving presentation of the first Easter morning. It was not included in the 1780 Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People called Methodists, and it remained neglected until Hymns and Songs (1969), which printed a four-stanza selection, continued in HP. Stanza 1 in modern texts is made up of stanza 1 lines 1-2 and stanza 3 lines 3-4 of the original. The rest of the hymn in these books is stanzas 10-12 of the original.
Because the hymn is so dramatic, it is worth printing the first nine...
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