1 Listen to the song swelling o’er the earth,
Millions now their voices raise
In triumphant note of praise;
Loud hosannas sing to the conqu’ring King—
Vanquished He the grave—
From death removed the sting.
Easter dawn, happy morn!
When the Lord rose from death to set us free
For all eternity,
We sing our happy lay, on this day, and alway
We’ll rejoice that Christ o’er death
Has gained the victory.
2 Shattered were the bonds of the dismal tomb,
Ended, too, were death’s dark woes
On the day when Christ arose;
Heaven rang again with a glad refrain,
Earth pealed forth the chorus:
"Hell’s dark power is vain." [Refrain]
3 Jesus Christ, the first fruits of them that slept,
Brushed away death’s mighty bar;
Heaven’s gates now stand ajar,
And beyond this strife, sin and evil rife,
All may pass thro’ death
Unto eternal life. [Refrain]
Born: December 23, 1865, London (possibly Bethnal Green), England.
Died: October 24, 1935, Brooklyn, New York.
Lerman emigrated to America as a child (he does not appear in the 1871 British census), and was a member of the Olivet Memorial Church in New York City. He played the organ there (1880-1908), and later at the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, Borough Park Christian Church, and Fourth Avenue Methodist Church, all in Brooklyn. He wrote a considerable amount of church and Sunday School music, and served as musical editor for the Tullar-Meredith Company of New York City, and the Theodore Pressure Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Hughes, p. 472
Reynolds, p. 336
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