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Easter Calls

Snowdrops, lift your timid heads

Author: Mary A. Lathbury
Tune: [Snowdrops, lift your timid heads]
Published in 7 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1. Snowdrops! lift your timid heads,
All the earth is waking,
Field and forest, brown and dead,
Into life are waking;
Snowdrops, rise, and tell the story,
How He rose, the Lord of glory.

2. Lilies! lilies! Easter calls!
Rise to meet the dawning
Of the blessèd light that falls
Through the Easter morning;
Ring your bells and tell the story,
How He rose, the Lord of glory.

3. Waken, sleeping butterflies,
Burst your narrow prison!
Spread your golden wings and rise,
For the Lord is risen;
Spread your wings and tell the story,
How He rose, the Lord of glory.

The fol­low­ing in­struct­ions for hand mo­tions were pub­lished with this hymn:
v. 1, "Snow-drops"—hands held in front, in hor­i­zont­al po­si­tion. "Lift your tim­id heads" hands raised per­pen­di­cu­lar­ly from the wrists. "How he rose," etc. arms gra­du­al­ly ris­ing un­til their full length is reached. Do so each time these words are sung as a chor­us.

v. 2." Ring your bells, and tell the story"—right arms in front, raised a lit­tle, and curved to rep­re­sent a stem of lil­ies; im­i­tate the ring­ing of bells by shak­ing the hand in re­gu­lar mo­tion up and down.

v. 3. "Wak­en, sleep­ing but­ter­flies"—right and left hands, palm op­po­site palm, fin­ger-tips touch­ing, fin­gers slight­ly curved, to rep­re­sent the chry­sa­lis. "Burst your nar­row pri­son"—hands opened slight­ly, with quick mo­tion. "Spread your gold­en wings"—hands open, thumb to thumb. "Spread your gold­en wings and rise"—hands raised above, and moved to rep­re­sent fly­ing.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #1316

Author: Mary A. Lathbury

Lathbury, Mary Ann, was born in Manchester, Ontario County, New York, Aug. 10, 1841. Miss Lathbury writes somewhat extensively for the American religious periodical press, and is well and favourably known (see the Century Magazine, Jan., 1885, p. 342). Of her hymns which have come into common use we have:— 1. Break Thou the bread of life. Communion with God. A "Study Song" for the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle, written in the summer of 1880. It is in Horder's (Eng.) Congregational Hymns, 1884. 2. Day is dying in the west. Evening. "Written at the request of the Rev. John H. Vincent, D.D., in the summer of 1880. It was a "Vesper Song," and has been frequently used in the responsive services of the Chautauqua Literary and Sc… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Snowdrops, lift your timid heads
Title: Easter Calls
Author: Mary A. Lathbury



The Cyber Hymnal #1316
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