1 Coming to the garden at the breaking of the day,
Loving friends of Jesus found the stone was rolled away,
Knowing not the meaning of the Savior’s empty tomb,
Seeing not the lesson in the lily’s bloom.
Bloom, lilies, bloom,
By the risen Savior’s tomb,
He is risen, hallelujah!
Light immortal, hallelujah,
Scatters all the gloom.
2 Coming to the garden, weeping Mary sought her Lord,
And his tender greeting was her wonderful reward;
So we come to meet him in our Father’s house of prayer,
Glowing now with beauty, like a garden fair. [Refrain]
3 Coming to the garden, when this earthly life shall end,
When to bow’rs of glory all his ransomed shall ascend,
We shall sing together in the glad, unfading light,
Praise to our Redeemer, honor, pow’r and might. [Refrain]
Pseudonym: Lidie H. Edmunds.
Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >