At early dawn, with pious thought,
The holy women spices brought,--
For Christ their Lord, was dead;--
But lo! the stone was rolled away:
"Where are the seals?" they wondering say,
"The guard, where He was laid?"
"Why with your ointments mix your tears?
Why all this sighing, and these fears?"
An angel near declares:
There lies the stone that barred the tomb:
No longer now its solemn gloom
Your Lord and Master shares.
"Haste, haste, with joy the tidings tell,
The Lord hath vanquished death and hell,
For He, the death of death,
Hath burst asunder hades' prison,
And, first-born from the dead hath risen,
Even as afore He saith."
Honour to Thee, O Christ, we bring;
Thy glorious rising now we sing,
Victorious is Thy strife;
Our Hope, our Trust,--on Thee we call,--
Our Joy, our Strength, our God, our All,
And our Immortal Life.
Brownlie, John, was born at Glasgow, Aug. 6, 1857, and was educated at Glasgow University, and at the Free Church College in the same city. In 1884 he was licensed by the Presbytery of Glasgow; in 1885 he became Assistant Minister of the Free Church, Portpatrick, and on the death of the Senior Minister in 1890 he entered upon the full charge of the Church there. He has interested himself in educational matters, became a Member of the local School Board in 1888, a governor of Stranraer High School in 1897, and Chairman of the governors in 1901. His hymnological works are:—
1. The Hymns and Hymnwriters of the [Scottish] Church Hymnary, 1899. This is a biographical, historical, and critical companion to that hymnal, and is well done and… Go to person page >