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-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), or a better one of Lowden, would you ?
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.