1. Hail, glorious Easter! beautiful time of spring!
Cold winter is ended, song birds begin to sing.
Hail, morning of triumph! welcome we sing to thee!
Christ is alive, offering liberty.
Sweet Easter-time, time so sublime,
Welcome we sing to thee,
Glad day of liberty.
Sweet Easter-time, ring, bells, and chime;
Welcome with carols of gladness,
2. Hail, glorious Easter! morning of joy and light!
Christ Jesus is victor, gone is the dreary night.
Sin’s fetters are broken, death has aside been hurled;
Christ is alive, ready to save the world. [Refrain]
3. Hail, glorious Easter! gladness we have to spare;
Sweet carols to Jesus speed on the morning air.
Hail, time of rejoicing! welcome we sing to thee!
Christ is alive, sin fettered hearts to free [Refrain]
Pseudonym: James S. Apple.
James Rowe was born in England in 1865. He served four years in the Government Survey Office, Dublin Ireland as a young man. He came to America in 1890 where he worked for ten years for the New York Central & Hudson R.R. Co., then served for twelve years as superintendent of the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society. He began writing songs and hymns about 1896 and was a prolific writer of gospel verse with more than 9,000 published hymns, poems, recitations, and other works.
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 >