Roman soldier, tell us true

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1 Roman Soldier, tell us true,
What sort of a watch on guard are you?
The sepulchre, sealed safe at night,
How came it empty at morning light?
Why, Peter and Andrew, James, and John,
They came by night, removed the stone,
And long before the break of day,
They stole His Body far away.
Fie, Old Roman, why tell a lie?

Christ is risen,
Christ is risen indeed.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

2. Roman Soldier, tell us then,
Why slew you not those thieving men?
Were a few unarmed Jews too hard,
For a veteran mail-clad, Roman guard?
O no! you Jews we never fear;
But we had no chance for sword or spear,
For up so softly they did creep,
While we were all of us fast asleep.
Fie, Old Roman, why tell a lie?
For [Chorus]


Source: Voices of Praise: for school and church and home #380

Author: John Henry Hopkins

John Henry Hopkins, Jr., American ecclesiologist, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 28, 1820, the eldest son of pioneer parents, the father from Dublin, and the mother from Hamburg. His father was successively ironmaster, school teacher, lawyer, priest, and second Episcopal bishop of Vermont, becoming presiding bishop in 1865. The son reflected the artistic talents of both parents in music, poetry, and art. After graduation from the University of Vermont in 1839, he worked as a reporter in New York City while studying law. From 1842 to 1844, he tutored the children of Bishop Elliott of Savannah, Georgia, returning to take his M.A. from Vermont in 1845. He graduated from General Theological Seminary in 1850 and was ordain… Go to person page >

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First Line: Roman soldier, tell us true
Author: John Henry Hopkins
Refrain First Line: Christ is risen, Christ is risen indeed



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