Scripture Verse

The angel said to the women, Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Matthew 28:5–6


The Resurrection
Carl H. Bloch

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns and Sac­red Po­ems (Lon­don: Stra­han, 1739), pag­es 209–10. The al­le­lu­ias were a lat­er ad­di­tion to fit the mu­sic.

Wes­ley’s words were writ­ten for the first wor­ship ser­vice at the Wes­ley­an Cha­pel in Lon­don. The cha­pel, on the site of a for­mer iron foun­dry, be­came known as the Foun­dry Meet­ing House, and this hymn was in­clud­ed in the Foun­dry Col­lec­tion. This ex­ub­er­ant song is one of the most po­pu­lar East­er hymns in the Eng­lish lang­uage.

Music: East­er Hymn, com­pos­er un­known, in Ly­ra Da­vid­i­ca (Lon­don: 1708) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

Charles Wesley


Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing ye heav’ns, and earth reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Lo! Our sun’s eclipse is o’er, Alleluia!
Lo! He sets in blood no more, Alleluia!

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ has burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious king, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Dying once He all doth save, Alleluia!*
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now, where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross—the grave—the skies, Alleluia!

What tho’ once we perished all, Alleluia!
Partners in our parents’ fall, Alleluia!
Second life we all receive, Alleluia!
In our heav’nly Adam live, Alleluia!

Ris’n with Him, we upward move, Alleluia!
Still we seek the things above, Alleluia!
Still pursue, and kiss the Son, Alleluia!
Seated on His Father’s throne, Alleluia!

Scarce on earth a thought bestow, Alleluia!
Dead to all we leave below, Alleluia!
Heav’n our aim, and loved abode, Alleluia!
Hid our life with Christ in God, Alleluia!

Hid till Christ our life appear, Alleluia!
Glorious in His members here, Alleluia!
Joined to Him, we then shall shine, Alleluia!
All immortal, all divine, Alleluia!

Hail the Lord of earth and Heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail the resurrection Thou, Alleluia!

King of Glory, Soul of Bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, Thy power to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!

*Changed to Once He died our souls to save in 4th edition (1743) & 5th edition (1756)