Tomb, Thou Shalt Not Hold Him Longer

Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer

Author: Phillips Brooks
Published in 2 hymnals

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1 Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger,
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right.
Faith and Hope triumphant say
"Christ will rise on Easter Day."

2 While the patient earth lies waking,
Till the morning shall be breaking,
Shuddering ’neath the burden dread
Of her Master, cold and dead,
Hark! she hears the angels say
"Christ will rise on Easter Day."

3 And when sunrise smites the mountains,
Pouring light from heav’nly fountains,
Then the earth blooms out to greet
Once again the blessèd feet;
And her countless voices say
"Christ has ris’n on Easter Day."

4 Up and down our lives obedient
Walk, dear Christ, with footsteps radiant,
Till those garden lives shall be
Fair with duties done for Thee;
And our thankful spirits say,
"Christ arose on Easter Day."

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #7947

Author: Phillips Brooks

Brooks, Phillips, D.D., was born at Boston, Dec. 13, 1835, graduated at Harvard College 1855, and was ordained in 1859. Successively Rector of the Church of the Advent, Philadelphia, and Trinity Church, Boston, he became Bishop of Mass. in 1891, and died at Boston in Jan., 1893. His Carol, "O little town of Bethlehem," was written for his Sunday School in 1868, the author having spent Christmas, 1866, at Bethlehem. His hymn, "God hath sent His angels to the earth again," is dated 1877. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer
Title: Tomb, Thou Shalt Not Hold Him Longer
Author: Phillips Brooks
Meter: 88.77.77
Source: Christmas Songs and Easter Carols by Phillips Brooks (New York:E. P. Dutton, 1903)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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