Scripture Verse

Early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared. Luke 24:1


John M. Neale (1818–1866)


Words: John of Da­mas­cus, 8th Cen­tu­ry (Ορθρίσωμεν όρθρου βαθέος). Trans­lat­ed from Greek to Eng­lish by John M. Neale in Hymns of the East­ern Church (London & New York: J. T. Hayes and Pott & Am­ery, 1870), pag­es 100–01.

Music: Cwm Rhon­dda John Hughes, 1907 (🔊 pdf nwc).

John of Damascus (675–749)


Let us rise in ear­ly morn­ing,
And, in­stead of oint­ments, bring
Hymns of prais­es to our mas­ter,
And His re­sur­rect­ion sing:
We shall see the Sun of jus­tice
Ris’n with heal­ing on His wing,
Ris’n with heal­ing on His wing.

Thy un­bound­ed lov­ing-kind­ness,
They that groaned in Ha­des’ chain,
Prisoners, from afar be­hold­ing,
Hasten to the light again
And to that eter­nal Pas­cha
Wove the dance and raised the strain,
Wove the dance and raised the strain.

Go ye forth, His saints, to meet Him!
Go with lamps in every hand!
From the se­pul­cher He riseth:
Ready for the Bride­groom stand:
And the Pas­cha of sal­va­tion
Hail, with His tri­um­phant band,
Hail, with His tri­um­phant band.