Scripture Verse

When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men. Ephesians 4:8


Words & Mu­sic: Charles W. Ray, 1895, alt. (🔊 pdf nwc). Ap­peared in his Zi­on’s De­light (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Per­kin­pine & Hig­gins, 1902), num­ber 112.

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ray (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


In the twi­light gray, of the bless­èd day
When death was cap­tive led;
From the drea­ry tomb, and its chill­ing gloom,
A voice came from the dead:
Life and im­mor­ta­li­ty
Are brought to light,
for Christ is ris­en;
And from His pri­son house of clay,
There streams the light of end­less day.

Mary weep­ing came, whis­per­ing Je­sus’ name,
With doubts and fears dis­mayed.
Tears of sor­row rolled, and her ang­uish told,
But an­gels quick­ly said:
Haste and tell to those He loved,
And loved so well, that Christ is ris­en!

From that cold bed where once He lay,
There streams the light of end­less day.

From the roc­ky bed of the slum­ber­ing dead
Each ran­somed form shall rise,
And the trum­pet’s call shall awak­en all,
When from the part­ing skies,
Christ in might will sure­ly come,
With an­gels bright, for He is ris­en,
And for His own be­loved will come,
And bear them to their rest and home.