Scripture Verse

The winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. Song of Solomon 2:11–12

Introduction

Words: Ed­na R. Wor­rell, in King­dom Songs, ed­it­ed by C. Har­old Low­den & Ru­fus W. Mill­er (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Hei­del­berg Press, 1914), num­ber 224.

Music: Clin­ton D. Low­den (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Wor­rell or Low­den (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

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Lyrics

Look to the world, ’tis a tem­ple fair,
Oh, so fair, won­drous fair;
Bidding us all to en­gage in pray­er,
This beau­ti­ful East­er­tide.

Refrain

See the mea­dows in green ar­rayed;
Beautiful East­er­tide!
Dew, like dia­monds and pearls dis­played,
Beautiful East­er­tide!
Streams of sil­ver with flow­ers strown,
Skies that are sap­phire dyed,
Speak the love that the Christ has shown,
This beau­ti­ful East­er­tide.

Every spot is a ho­ly place,
Holy place, ho­ly place;
Where one may kneel and re­ceive the grace
Of Christ, on this East­er­tide.

Refrain

Altars of God! how they speak of love,
Tender love, per­fect love;
Rich gifts of beau­ty from Christ above,
Who’s ris­ this East­er­tide.

Refrain