I. Watts


HE lives—the great Redeemer lives!

What joy the bless’d assurance gives!

And now, before His Father God,

Pleads the full merit of His blood.


Repeated crimes awake our fears,

And justice armed with frowns appears;

But it the Saviour’s lovely face

Sweet mercy smiles, and all is peace.


Hence then, ye black despairing thoughts;

Above our fears, above our faults,

His powerful intercessions rise;

And guild recedes, and terror dies.


In every dark, distressful hour,

When sin and Satan join their power,

Let this dear hope repel the dart—

That Jesus bears us on His heart.


Great Advocate, Almighty Friend!

On Thee our humble hopes depend;

Our cause can never, never fail,

For Jesus pleads and must prevail.


Icon for the CC0 (Creative Commons Zero) license

To the extent possible under law, Various has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to Hymns and Spiritual Songs, except where otherwise noted.