Lilies sweet and fair

Fragrant Easter lilies

Author: Birdie Bell
Tune: [Fragrant Easter lilies]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Fragrant Easter lilies,
Scatter sweetness on the way,
Speak of life eternal,
Making glad this holy day;
Swing your fairy censers,
Wafting perfume ev’rywhere,
Point to joys immortal,
Lilies sweet and fair.

Refrain:
Lilies fair,
On the balmy air,
Breathe a tho’t of resurrection
By your fragrance rare.

2 Graceful Easter lilies,
Gently swaying to and fro,
Smiling in your beauty,
Pure and spotless as the snow;
Turn our tho’ts from sadness,
Lifting ev’ry load of care,
Tell of Christ and heaven,
Lilies sweet and fair. [Refrain]

3 Queenly Easter lilies,
Heav’nly comfort you bestow,
Kissed by Springtime breezes,
Whisp’ring softly as they blow;
Jesus lives forever,
Blessed tidings all may share,
Tell of resurrection,
Lilies sweet and fair. [Refrain]

Source: The Excelsior Hymnal #236

Author: Birdie Bell

C. Louise Bell, also known a Birdie Bell, was born, raised and lived in New York city. She began writing hymns when she was sixteen years old. She is the author of more than 500 hymns, 200 religious poems, and 200 Christmas and Easter lyrics, as well as short stories, and articles. She wrote under the name of Birdie Bell, which is what her family called her. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Fragrant Easter lilies
Title: Lilies sweet and fair
Author: Birdie Bell
Refrain First Line: Lilies fair on the balmy air
Copyright: Public Domain
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