Scripture Verse

They…made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard. Matthew 27:66

Introduction

Words: Fran­cis Bot­tome, Songs from the Par­son­age (Cam­bridge, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Un­i­ver­si­ty Press, 1894), pag­es 95–96.

Music: Knights­bridge James Ba­den Pow­ell, 1885 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ba­den Pow­ell (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Bot­tome, would you ?

portrait
Francis Bottome
(1823–1894)

Lyrics

Hail the blessèd Easter morning!
Hail the resurrection day!
Let the cavern ring with anthems
Where the blessèd Savior lay.
Shout His praises, saints in glory;
Saints below, His praises sing!
Men and angels, bow before Him,
Christ, the everlasting King!

Hail the long-expected triumph!
Hail the victory o’er the grave!
Let the travail-bound creation
Sing His mighty power to save.
Vain the stone, the seal, the warden,
Vain the hate of earth and hell;
Lord of Life! His foes beneath Him
His triumphal chorus swell.