The darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.@1 John 2:8

Shir­ley E. Mur­ray, 1987.

Vruech­ten 17th Cen­tu­ry Dutch tune. Har­mo­ny by Ali­ce Par­ker, 1969 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Shirley E. Murray
(1931–)

Because You live, O Christ,
The garden of the world has come to flower;
The darkness of the tomb
Is flooded with Your resurrection power.

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The stone has rolled away
And death cannot imprison!
O sing this Easter Day,
For Jesus Christ has risen,
Has risen, has risen, has risen!

Because You live, O Christ,
The spirit bird of hope is freed for flying;
Our cages of despair
No longer keep us closed and life-denying.

Refrain

Because You live, O Christ,
The rainbow of Your peace will span creation,
The colors of Your love
Will draw all humankind to adoration.

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