Scripture Verse

The first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared. Luke 24:1


Words: Ano­ny­mous, in The Sab­bath School Harp, se­cond edi­tion, by Lo­well Ma­son (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Mas­sa­chu­setts Sab­bath School So­ci­ety, 1837) pag­es 110–11.

Music: St. De­nio, Welsh tune, from Can­ai­dau y Cys­segr, by John Ro­berts, 1839 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

If you know the au­thor’s name, or where to get a good pic­ture of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


The Holy Women at the Tomb
William Bouguereau (1825–1905)

Sweet spic­es they brought on their star-light­ed way,
And came to the grave by the dawn­ing of day.
But who will the stone from the se­pul­cher roll?
They said, as the tears from their weep­ing eyes stole.

The stone is re­moved, and the Sav­ior is gone;
Oh, hail, ye dis­ci­ples, this bright Sab­bath morn.
Lift, lift your glad voic­es in triumph on high;
Your mas­ter has ris­en, and ye shall not die.

May Christ now ap­pear as to Ma­ry He came,
And fill ev­ery bosom with pi­ety’s flame.
Then Hea­ven’s bright glo­ries we soon shall ob­tain,
Nor Sab­baths, so peace­ful, be use­less and vain.