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-and-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.