Scripture Verse

The Lord is risen indeed. Luke 24:34


Mary A. Lathbury

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).

If you know the com­pos­er’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

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.