Scripture Verse

The Lord is risen indeed. Luke 24:34


Mary A. Lathbury (1841–1913)

Words: Mary A. Lath­bury, in Lit­tle Pil­grim Songs, by Mrs. Wil­bur F. Crafts & Hu­bert P. Main (New York: Big­low & Main, 1883), num­ber 87.

Music: East­er Song L. L. B. (🔊 pdf nwc).

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These hand mo­tion in­struc­tions were pub­lished with the hymn:

Verse 1, Snow-drops—hands held in front, in ho­ri­zon­tal po­si­tion. Lift your ti­mid heads hands raised per­pen­di­cu­lar­ly from the wrists. How he rose, etc. arms gra­du­al­ly ris­ing un­til their full length is reached. Do so each time these words are sung as a cho­rus.

Verse 2. Ring your bells, and tell the sto­ry—right arms in front, raised a lit­tle, and curved to rep­re­sent a stem of lil­ies; imi­tate the ring­ing of bells by shak­ing the hand in re­gu­lar mo­tion up and down.

Verse 3. Wak­en, sleep­ing but­ter­flies—right and left hands, palm op­posite palm, fin­ger-tips touch­ing, fingers sligh­tly curved, to rep­re­sent the chry­sa­lis. Burst your nar­row pri­son—hands op­ened slight­ly, with quick mo­tion. Spread your gol­den wings—hands op­en, thumb to thumb. Spread your gol­den wings and rise—hands raised above, and moved to rep­re­sent fly­ing.


Snowdrops! lift your ti­mid heads,
All the earth is wak­ing,
Field and for­est, brown and dead,
Into life are wak­ing;
Snowdrops, rise, and tell the sto­ry,
How He rose, the Lord of glo­ry.

Lilies! li­lies! East­er calls!
Rise to meet the dawn­ing
Of the bless­èd light that falls
Through the East­er morn­ing;
Ring your bells and tell the sto­ry,
How He rose, the Lord of glo­ry.

Waken, sleep­ing but­ter­flies,
Burst your nar­row pris­on!
Spread your gold­en wings and rise,
For the Lord is ris­en;
Spread your wings and tell the sto­ry,
How He rose, the Lord of glo­ry.