Scripture Verse

There was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from Heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door. Matthew 28:2

Introduction

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The Holy Women at the Tomb
William Bouguereau (1825–1905)

Words: Will­iam F. Dick­er­son, in the Af­ri­can Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal Hymn and Tune Book (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Af­ri­can Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal Book Con­cern, 1898), num­ber 753, alt.

Music: An­ti­och, ar­ranged by Lo­well Ma­son, 1836 (🔊 pdf nwc) (re­peats last line of each verse).

Alternate Tunes:

  • Boardman, Charles Jeff­reys or L. Dev­er­eux (🔊 pdf nwc)
  • Campmeeting, Am­er­i­can camp meet­ing tune (🔊 pdf nwc)
  • Dundee, Scot­tish Psal­ter, 1615 (🔊 pdf nwc)

If you know Dick­er­son’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Lowell Mason
(1792–1872)

Lyrics

All hail the morn! when from the skies,
At first gray light of day,
An angel found the sepulcher,
And rolled the stone away.

All hail the morn! when Christ arose
Triumphant from the tomb;
And shed a fragrance o’er the grave,
And scattered all its gloom.

All hail the morn! when to the tomb,
The women came with fear;
And heard the angels gladly say,
He’s risen, He’s not here.

All hail the morn! no longer fear,
For now can all men sing,
O grave, where is thy victory?
And death, where is thy sting?