Scripture Verse

The Lord is risen indeed. Luke 24:34


Words: J. C. Mid­dle­ton, in Ca­rols New and Ca­rols Old, by Charles L. Hut­chins (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Par­ish Choir, 1916), num­ber 350.

Music: Lew­is H. Red­ner (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Mid­dle­ton’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lewis H. Redner


The risen Lord today is king,
O haste ye forth to meet Him,
Exulting songs of triumph sing,
And so with glad hearts greet Him.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Forth from the grave in majesty
He comes to set His people free!
Strew fragrant blossoms in His way,
And crown Him king on Easter Day!


Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Praise the Lord!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Praise the Lord!

At early morn around His tomb
A wondrous light was beaming,
And from its depths a sweet perfume,
Like fragrant spices, streaming!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
While angels stood beside the door
Which He had opened evermore,
And said to His disciples dear,
The Lord is risen—He is not here!


The joyous news of Easter spread—
Tell far and wide the story
That Jesus lives, who once was dead,
And reigns the King of glory!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
His hand a jeweled scepter bears—
His head a crown immortal wears—
And, writ in gems upon His breast,
Are names of those He loves the best!


Bring flashing jewels to adorn
His crown of royal glory!
Let diamonds gleam where cruel thorn
Once pressed His temples gory!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Your costliest offerings to Him pay
Who rose triumphant Easter Day:
Join precious pearl with rarest gem
And form with love His diadem!


Hearts washed in blood make jewels rare
And glow with light undying:
Each loving act, each fervent prayer
A radiant gem supplying!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
More precious to the risen Christ
Than emerald or amethyst!
And these, on Easter Day we bring
As grateful offerings to our king.


On Thy dear cross we lay them down,
And there rejoicing leave them;
O King of Love, in mercy own
And graciously receive them!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Wear them for ever on Thy breast,
Thou interceding, Great High Priest;
And when Thou comest, Lord, again,
Count us among Thy jewels then!