Scripture Verse

Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen. Luke 24:5–6


Words: Flo­ra Kirk­land, 1905.

Music: Carl H. Low­den (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Carl H. Lowden (1883–1963)


Easter, joy­ous East­er, holy hap­py time!
Bells ring out their mes­sage,
Joy in ev­ery chime;
Sweetly through their mu­sic,
Faint an ec­ho swells,
Voices seem to min­gle with the bells.


Seek ye not the liv­ing here among the dead;
Christ the Lord is ris­en, ris­en as He said;
Blessèd re­as­sur­ance, gone the wea­ry night,
Christ is ris­en! East­er breaks in floods of light!

Voices in a gar­den, near a rock-hewn tomb,
Gracious heav’n­ly voic­es,
Cheering earth’s dark gloom;
Voices from the glo­ry,
Sent from thence to tell,
Jesus lives again! Im­ma­nu­el!


Other voic­es ec­ho, through the East­er chime
One above all oth­ers,
Speaks with pow’r sub­lime;
Tender words of com­fort,
Peace and love pro­found,
O’er the world tod­ay His words re­sound.