Scripture Verse

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land. Song of Solomon 2:12

Introduction

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J. Lincoln Hall
1866–1930

Words: Al­ice J. Clea­tor, in The Ser­vice of Praise, by Lin­coln Hall et al. (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Hall-Mack, 1900), num­ber 180.

Music: J. Lin­coln Hall (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

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Lyrics

Beautiful lil­ies,
White as the snow,
Speak to us soft­ly
Of long ago;
Telling of Je­sus,
Who from the grave
Rose all vic­to­ri­ous,
Mighty to save.

Refrain

Beautiful lil­ies,
White as the snow,
Speak to us sof­tly
Of long ago;
Beautiful lil­ies,
Beautiful lil­ies,
Speak to us soft­ly
Of long ago.

Lilies of East­er,
Blossoms of spring,
Wake from their slum­ber
Gladness to bring.
O they are ev­er
Heaven’s bright sign
Of life be­yond us,
Endless, di­vine.

Refrain

E’en as our Fa­ther
From win­ter’s night
Waketh the lil­ies
To sum­mer’s light,
So His dear child­ren
His love will keep,
Waking them soft­ly
From death’s long sleep.

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