Scripture Verse

There came…Nicodemus…and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with…spices. John 19:39–40


Cecil F. Alexander

Words: Ce­cil F. Al­ex­an­der, Vers­es for Ho­ly Sea­sons 1846.

Music: Pru­en Fred­er­ick A. Gore-Ou­se­ley, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Frederick A. Gore-Ouseley


Descent from the Cross
James Tissot (1836–1902)

Pain and toil are over now;
Bring the spice and bring the myrrh,
Fold the limb and bind the brow,
In the rich man’s sepulcher.

Sin has bruised the Victor’s heel;
Roll the stone and guard it well;
Bring the Roman’s boasted seal,
Bring his boldest sentinel.

Yet the morning’s purple ray
Shall present a glorious sight,
Stone by earthquake rolled away,
Angel guards all robed in white.