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They rolled the stone away

Full Text

1. 'Twas early in the morning, at the breaking of the day,
That Mary came with spices to the place where Jesus lay;
She met her friends in sorrow as the journeyed from her home,
And they said to one another, Who shall roll away the stone?

Bright angels, bright angels,
At the breaking of the day;
Bright angels, bright angels,
They rolled the stone away.

2. They saw two shining angels, clad in garments pure and white;
They saw the linen grave clothes, and they trembled at the sight;
But Christ their Lord and Master was not found within the tomb,
For He conquer'd death when angels came and rolled away the stone. [Chorus]

3. But Mary wept in anguish, for her heart was torn with grief;
She said, "Where have you laid Him"? then the angels brought relief:
He is not here, but risen, as He said to you before;
Go to Galilee and see Him; He's alive forevermore." [Chorus]

4. He burst death's bars asunder, and He triumphed o'er the grave;
He holds the keys of hades, the almighty One to save;
"Behold my hands," said Jesus, "I'm your living Lord and King;
From the grave I will redeem you; all my jewels I will bring." [Chorus]

Source: The Gospel Awakening: a collection of original and selected "hymns and spiritual songs" for the use in gospel meetings everywhere #157

Author: G. W. Sederquist

From The World's Crisis, 13 April 1921, p.7: "Elder Sederquist was born in Lower Granville, Nova Scotia, according to the narrative in his Life and Labors, Sept. 10, 1838. He was converted about the first of the year 1863, was baptized in February, and was soon out in the field in Gospel work, with open doors for his labors. After a few years he accepted the Adventist faith, and in the spring of 1871 entered the United States and took up his home in Lynn [Mass.]." --Entire article available in the DNAH Archives. Also available is a short article (and photo) about Sederquist in the Messiah's Advocate, 7 December 1910. Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: 'Twas early in the morning
Title: They rolled the stone away
Author: G. W. Sederquist
Refrain First Line: Bright angels, bright angels, at the breaking of the day