The world itself keeps Easter day

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1 The world itself keeps Easter Day,
And Easter larks are singing:
And Easter flowers are blooming gay,
And Easter buds are springing:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
The Lord of all things lives anew,
And all His works are rising too.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

2 There stood three Maries by the tomb
On Easter morning early,
When day had scarcely chased the gloom,
And dew was white and pearly;
Alleluia! Alleluia!
With loving but with erring mind
They came the Prince of Life to find:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

3 But earlier still the Angel sped
His news of comfort giving;
And "why," he said, "among the dead
"Thus seeks ye for the living?"
Alleluia! Alleluia!
"Go tell them all and make them blest,
"Tell Peter first, and then the rest."
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

4 But one, and one alone, remained
With love that could not vary;
And thus a joy past joy she gained,
That sometime sinner Mary:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
The first the dear, dear form to see
Of Him who hung upon the tree:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

5 The Church is keeping Easter Day,
And Easter hymns are sounding,
And Easter flowers are blooming gay,
The holy Font surrounding;
Alleluia! Alleluia!
The Lord hath risen, as all things tell,
Good Christians, see ye rise as well:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Source: Voices of Praise: for school and church and home #369

Author: John Mason Neale

Neale, John Mason, D.D., was born in Conduit Street, London, on Jan. 24, 1818. He inherited intellectual power on both sides: his father, the Rev. Cornelius Neale, having been Senior Wrangler, Second Chancellor's Medallist, and Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, and his mother being the daughter of John Mason Good, a man of considerable learning. Both father and mother are said to have been "very pronounced Evangelicals." The father died in 1823, and the boy's early training was entirely under the direction of his mother, his deep attachment for whom is shown by the fact that, not long before his death, he wrote of her as "a mother to whom I owe more than I can express." He was educated at Sherborne Grammar School, and was afterwards… Go to person page >

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First Line: The world itself keeps Easter day
Author: John Mason Neale
Refrain First Line: The Lord has risen, as all things tell



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