‘Low in the Grave He Lay’

I will never forget singing “Low in the Grave He Lay” by Robert Lowry with my congregation at the Greensburg Mennonite Church. We would start out somber and subdued on the verses, and then as we entered the chorus, our voices would burst with joy and praise! “He lives forever with His saints to reign”—we serve a risen Savior!

Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior,
waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!

Refrain:
Up from the grave he arose;
with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
he arose a victor from the dark domain,
and he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Vainly they watch his bed, Jesus my Savior,
vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord! [Refrain]

Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior;
he tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord! [Refrain]