1 All is o'er, the pain, the sorrow,
Human taunts and Satan's spite;
Death shall be despoiled to-morrow
Of the Prey he grasps to-night.
Yet once more, His own to save,
Christ must sleep within the grave.
2 Fierce and deadly was the anguish
On the bitter Cross He bore;
How did soul and body languish,
Till the toil of death was o'er!
But that toil, so fierce and dread,
Bruised and crushed the serpent's head.
3 Close and still the tomb that holds Him,
While in brief repose He lies;
Deep the slumber that enfolds Him,
Veiled awhile from mortal eyes:
Slumber such as needs must be
After hard-won victory.
4 So this nght, with voice of sadness
Chant the anthem soft and low;
Loftier strains of praise and gladness
From to-morrow's harps shall flow:
"Death and hell at length are slain,
Christ hath triumphed, Christ doth reign."
Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871
Moultrie, John, M.A., father of Gerard and Mary D. Moultrie, was born Dec. 31, 1799, at London, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A. 1823), where he was Bell's University Scholar, 1820, and Trinity College Scholar, 1822. Taking Holy Orders in 1825, he was presented the same year by the Earl of Craven to the Rectory of Rugby, where he remained till his death, on Dec. 26, 1874.
His publications included:—
(1) My Brother's Grave, and other Poems, 1837; (2) Dream of Life, Lays of the English Church, &c, 1843; (3) Memoir and Poetical Remains of W. S. Walker, 1852; (4) Sermons, 1852; (5) Altars, Hearths, and Graves, 1854; (6) Psalms and Hymns as Sung in the Parish Church, Rugby, 1851.
In his Preface Mr. Moultrie says of the Psal… Go to person page >
All is o'er;—the pain, the sorrow. J. Moultrie. [Easter Eve.] The original, entitled "Hymn for Easter Eve," is dated " April 2nd, 1836." It is in 20 stanzas of 6 lines, and was published in his work, My Brother's Grave and other Poems, 1837 (3rd ed. 1852, p. 262). In the Psalms & Hymns adapted to Public Worship, Rugby, 1839, commonly known as Buckoll’s Collection, a cento, composed of st. i., ii., iii. and xx., unaltered, was given as No. 2. This was repeated in later editions of the same work, and has passed from thence into many collections, both in Great Britain, and in America. In the American hymnals it is usually altered, as in the Hymnal of the Protestant Episcopal Church 1872, No. 92; Hymns & Song of Praise, 1874; Hymns of the Church, 1869, and others. In the last-named collection it is attributed to "J. E. L." (i.e. Jane E. Leeson) in error. The closing line of st. i. read in the original:—
"Yet once more to seal His doom,
Christ must sleep within the tomb."
These lines have been omitted from Thring's Collection, 1882, No. 186, in favour of :—
"Yet awhile, His own to save
Christ must linger in the grave"—