1 The buds and flow'rs to life are waking,
And forest songsters singing,
While children bright, all gloom forsaking,
Send forth their carols ringing!
All glory to the Lamb we render,
The Prince of Life and glory;
We praise His name in strains so tender,
And herald the old story.
Christ now is risen,
Mighty to save!
Burst is the prison,
And conquered the grave!
Shout, shout the tidings,
O'er land and sea!
Jesus is risen!
And man now is free.
2 Each heart today with joy is beaming,
The air is fill'd with gladness,
While peace and love their rays are streaming,
Dispelling thoughts of sadness,
The earth from sleep now wakes in beauty,
Arrayed in spring garb vernal,
Reminding us that after duty,
Our joys shall be eternal. [Chorus]
3 As flow'rs and buds were seen appearing,
Upon the rod of Aaron,
So from the tomb, all ages cheering,
Appeared the rose of Sharon,
Think of One flower to Mortals given,
When earth her forces rally,
The fairest flow'r in earth or heaven,
The Lily of the Valley. [Chorus]
4 Today as round the tomb we linger,
We find our faith grows brighter,
Hope points the way with index finger,
While Love makes duty lighter,
When with the last great foe we've striven,
We shall not sleep forever,
But rise to live with Christ in heaven,
Where death will enter never. [Chorus]
Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church.
Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher.
For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >