Scripture Verse

The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher, and saw the stone taken away from the sepulcher. John 20:1


John Newton (1725–1807)

Words: John New­ton, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), Book 1, num­ber 117. Weep­ing Ma­ry.

Music: Glad Day Will­iam W. Gil­christ, 1895 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:


Mary to her Sav­ior’s tomb
Hasted at the ear­ly dawn;
Spice she brought, and sweet per­fume,
But the Lord she loved was gone.

For awhile she weep­ing stood,
Struck with sor­row and sur­prise;
Shedding tears, a plen­te­ous flood,
For her heart sup­plied her eyes.

Jesus, who is al­ways near,
Though too oft­en un­per­ceived
Came, His droop­ing child to cheer,
Kindly ask­ing, Why she grieved?

Though at first she knew Him not,
When He called her by her name,
Then her griefs were all for­got,
For she found He was the same.

Grief and sigh­ing quick­ly fled
When she heard His wel­come voice;
Just be­fore she thought Him dead,
Now He bids her heart re­joice:

What a change His Word can make,
Turning dark­ness into day!
You who weep for Je­sus’ sake;
He will wipe your tears away.

He who came to com­fort her,
When she thought her all was lost;
Will for your re­lief ap­pear,
Though you now are tem­pest tossed:

On His Word your bur­den cast,
On His love your thoughts em­ploy;
Weeping for awhile may last,
But the morn­ing brings the joy.

Noli Me Tangere
William Brassey Hole (1846–1917)