1. When Jesus left His rocky tomb,
Appearing to His own;
The Tree of Life burst into bloom,
The sun of glory shone.
In His triumph over death and sin,
That happy Easter day,
Eternal life thro’ Him we win;
The stone is rolled away.
’Tis Easter, beautiful Easter;
Rejoice! ’tis wonderful Easter;
We greet thee glorious Easter,
Beautiful day of life and joy!
2. O blessèd hearts that hear His voice
Beneath the cypress shade!
That in His changeless love rejoice,
Their souls in Him are stayed.
Precious hope, that looks beyond the grave!
In Jesus we shall meet;
His eye will watch, His arm will save;
We’ll gather at His feet. [Refrain]
3. When Jesus left His rocky tomb,
That morning, calm and fair;
The living light dispersed the gloom,
And in His joy we share.
In the blessing of these Easter hours,
We sing His saving name;
The buds of spring and love’s sweet flow’rs,
His glory shall proclaim. [Refrain]
Pseudonym: Lidie H. Edmunds.
Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church.
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Display Title: Day of Life and Joy!First Line: When Jesus left His rocky tombTune Title: [When Jesus left His rocky tomb]Author: Eliza Edmunds HewittSource: Fairer Than Day (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: George C. Hugg, 1903), number 203