Arise, My Soul, This Easter Morning

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1 Arise, my soul, this Easter morn
With joy and praises heaven-born,
And hear good news from death's dark portals
To all distress'd and grieving mortals.
O blessed Easter morning shower
On us thy power.

2 Disarmed and crushed forever fell
This morn the power of death and hell
For He who lay in death's grim prison
With might and glory is arisen.
O blessed Easter morning shower
On us thy power.

3 Come, souls, by sin and death dismayed
With all that in the grave ye laid
To Him who rose on Easter morrow
And brings you balm for all your sorrow.
O blessed Easter morning shower
On us thy power.

4 My soul, why shouldst thou grieve and pine!
The peace and joy of heaven are thine.
The Lord arose with might supernal,
And thou art heir to life eternal.
O blessed Easter morning shower
On us thy power.

5 Come, people of the Lord, employ
Your heart and soul in songs of joy,
Go forth to meet with praises ringing
The Lord who life for death is bringing.
O blessed Easter morning shower
On us thy power.

Source: Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #109

Author: Wilhelm Andreas Wexels

Wexels, Wilhelm Andreas. (Copenhagen, Denmark, March 29, 1797--May 14, 1866, Oslo, Norway). Lutheran. After studies in Copenhagen and Christiana (Oslo), became catechist and curate of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Christiana. Preached against the inroads of rationalism, emphasizing the need for spiritual revival. Church historians claim that his ministry was the turning point in the Church of Norway. Failed in his attempt to give Norway a hymnal, but many of his hymns survived. --J. Irving Erickson, DNAH Archives Go to person page >

Translator: J. C. Aaberg

Jens Christian Aaberg (b. Moberg, Denmark, 1877; d. Minneapolis, MN, 1970) immigrated to the United States in 1901. Educated at Grand View College and Seminary in Des Moines, Iowa, he entered the ministry of the Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and served congregations in Marinette, Wisconsin; Dwight, Illinois; and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Aaberg wrote Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark (1945), translated at least eighty hymns from Danish into English, and served on four hymnal committees. In 1947 King Frederick of Denmark awarded him the Knight Cross of Denmark. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Arise, my soul, this Easter morning
Title: Arise, My Soul, This Easter Morning
Danish Title: Stat op, min Sjael, I Morgengry
Author: Wilhelm Andreas Wexels
Translator: J. C. Aaberg
Meter: 8.8.9.9.8.4
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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