1 Sun, shine forth in all thy splendor,
Joyfully pursue thy way,
For thy Lord and my Defender
Rose triumphant on this day;
When He bowed His head, sore troubled,
Thou didst hide thyself in night;
Shine forth now with rays redoubled,
He is ris’n who is thy light.
Christ is ris’n, the angels sing,
Shout aloud the glad refrain;
Let all nations now rejoice,
For He soon will come to reign.
2 Earth, be joyous and glad-hearted,
Spread out all thy vernal bloom;
For the Lord is not departed,
He has broken thro’ the tomb;
When the Lord expired on Calv’ry
Thy strong rocks were rent with fright;
Greet the risen Lord this morning,
Bathed in floods of rosy light. [Chorus]
3 Say, my soul, what preparation
Makest thou for this high day,
When the God of thy salvation
Opened through the tomb away?
Dwellest thou with pure affection
On this proof of pow’r and love?
Doth thy Savior’s resurrection
Raise thy tho’ts to things above? [Chorus]
4 See! thy Lord Himself is risen,
That thou mightest also rise,
And emerge from sin’s dark prison
To new life and open skies;
Come tom Him who can unbind thee
And reverse thy awful doom,
Come to Him, and leave behind thee
Thy old life—and empty tomb. [Chorus]
Spitta, Carl Johann Philipp, D.D., was born Aug. 1, 1801, at Hannover, where his father, Lebrecht Wilhelm Gottfried Spitta, was then living, as bookkeeper and teacher of the French language. In his eleventh year Spitta fell into a severe illness, which lasted for four years, and so threw him back that his mother (the father died in 1805) abandoned the idea of a professional career, and apprenticed him to a watchmaker. This occupation did not prove at all congenial to him, but he would not confess his dislike, and his family were ignorant of it till an old friend, who was trying to comfort him after the death of a younger brother, discovered his true feelings. The younger brother had been preparing for ordination, and so Carl was now invited… Go to person page >
Translator: Richard Massie
Massie, Richard, eldest son of the Rev. R. Massie, of Goddington, Cheshire, and Rector of Eccleston, was born at Chester, June 18, 1800, and resides at Pulford Hall, Coddington. Mr. Massie published a translation of Martin Luther’s Spiritual Songs, London, 1854. His Lyra Domestica, 1st series, London, 1860, contains translations of the 1st Series of Spitta's Psalter und Harfe. In 1864 he published vol. ii., containing translations of Spitta's 2nd Series, together with an Appendix of translations of German hymns by various authors. He also contributed many translations of German hymns to Mercer's Church Psalter & Hymn Book; to Reid's British Herald; to the Day of Rest, &c. He died Mar. 11,1887.
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