Now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 1 Corinthians 15:20
Words: Mary L. Butler, in the Primary Teachers’ Manual, edited by Christopher R. Blackall, Kate Hershey Rowland & Carrie H. Smith (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: American Baptist Publication Society, 1913), number 22.
If you know where to get a good photo of Butler or Knowlton (head & shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),
Hear the joy-bells ringing, ringing,
In the far off towers swinging;
Hear the children’s voices singing,
Christ is risen! Christ is risen!
Hallelujah! Christ is risen!
Far and near the chimes are telling,
On each word the sweet tones dwelling,
Soft and low, then loudly swelling,
Easter morn is saying, saying,
While its chimes are softly playing
And all hearts with joy are praying,