The darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.@1 John 2:8

Shirley E. Murray, 1987.

Vruechten 17th Century Dutch tune, harmonized by Alice Parker, 1969 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Shirley E. Murray (1931–)

Because You live, O Christ,
The garden of the world has come to flower;
The darkness of the tomb
Is flooded with Your resurrection power.


The stone has rolled away
And death cannot imprison!
O sing this Easter Day,
For Jesus Christ has risen,
Has risen, has risen, has risen!

Because You live, O Christ,
The spirit bird of hope is freed for flying;
Our cages of despair
No longer keep us closed and life-denying.


Because You live, O Christ,
The rainbow of Your peace will span creation,
The colors of Your love
Will draw all humankind to adoration.