He’s gone! See where his body lay

He’s gone! See where his body lay. Thomas Kelly* (1769-1854).  First published in Kelly’s Hymns on Various Passages of Scripture (Dublin, 1804), and in subsequent editions. It had six stanzas in the metre of 6.6.6.D. It began with a dramatic exclamation, as if the angel at the empty tomb were speaking to the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Mary Magdalene. JJ, p. 517, references Matthew 28: 6: ‘He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.’  The text that follows is taken from the edition of 1826. The only other hymnal to have included it was A Selection of Psalms and Hymns: Arranged for the Public Services of the Church of England  (1853) compiled by the...

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