Scripture Verse

The Lord is risen indeed. Luke 24:34


Words: Emi­ly H. Chap­man, in the Sun­day School Ser­vice Book and Hym­nal, ed­it­ed by H. G. Spaul­ding (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Uni­ta­ri­an Sun­day School So­cie­ty, 1885), number 183. The mo­di­fied ver­sion be­low ap­peared in Song and Stu­dy for God’s Lit­tle Ones, ed­it­ed by Ber­tha F. Vel­la, Charles C. Mc­Cabe, Da­ni­el B. Town­er & Will­iam New­ton Harts­horn (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: R. R. Mc­Cabe, 1894), num­ber 71.

Music: Ano­ny­mous, 1894 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know Chap­man’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of her (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Sweetly the birds are sing­ing
At East­er dawn;
Sweetly the bells are ring­ing
On East­er morn.
And the words that they say
On East­er day
Are Christ the Lord is ris’n.

Birds! cease ye not your sing­ing
At East­er dawn;
Bells! be ye ev­er ring­ing
On East­er morn.
In the spring of the year,
When East­er is here,
Sing Christ the Lord is ris’n.

Buds! ye soon will be flow­ers,
Cherry and white;
Snow storms will change to show­ers,
Darkness to light;
With the wak­en­ing of spring,
Oh! sweet­ly sing
Lo! Christ the Lord is ris’n.

Easter buds were grow­ing
Ages ago;
Easter li­lies were blow­ing
By wa­ter’s flow.
All na­ture was glad,
No crea­ture was sad,
For Christ the Lord was ris’n.