Words: William W. Newton, The Voice of St. John, and Other Poems (New York: Anson D. F. Randolph, 1881), number 12, alt.
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Awake! Awake! Glad voices make
Sing praise to Christ the Lord,
The living Word in earth and Heav’n,
For thankful songs from hearts and tongues
To Christ our king are giv’n,
From hearts of men set free again
And happy saints in Heav’n.
’Tis Easter morn, new faith is born,
The day of days the best.
Sing praise to God! Sing out abroad,
With joy and hope possessed!
For now the Prince of Peace hath fought,
And triumphed o’er the grave,
With holy arm and strong right hand,
Omnipotent to save.
No shadows now, our spirits bow,
Our souls are raised on high;
The Son of Man, in God’s own plan,
Has come to earth to die.
No doubts or fear could hold Him here
Detained by mortal breath.
For now He lives and freely gives
Redemption over death!