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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
“Jesus lives! no longer now”
By Frances Elizabeth Cox (1812–1897)
JESUS lives! no longer now
  Can thy terrors, Death, appal me:
Jesus lives! by this we know
  From the grave He will recall me.
Brighter scenes at death commence;        5
This shall be my confidence.
Jesus lives! to Him the Throne
  High o’er all the world is given:
I may go where He is gone,
  Live and reign with Him in Heaven.        10
God, through Christ, forgives offence;
This shall be my confidence.
Jesus lives! who now despairs
  Spurns the word which God hath spoken;
Grace to all that word declares,        15
  Grace whereby sin’s yoke is broken:
Christ rejects not penitence;
This shall be my confidence.
Jesus lives! for me He died:
  Then will I, to Jesus living,        20
Pure in heart and act abide,
  Praise to Him and glory giving:
Freely God doth aid dispense;
This shall be my confidence.
Jesus lives! my heart knows well        25
  Naught shall me from Jesu sever
Life, nor death, nor powers of hell,
  Part me now from Him for ever:
God will be my sure defence;
This shall be my confidence.        30
Jesus lives! henceforth is death
  But the gate of life immortal;
This shall calm my trembling breath,
  When I pass its gloomy portal.
Faith shall cry, as fails each sense,        35
Lord, Thou art my Confidence.

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