Scripture Verse

Joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5


Words: Grant C. Tul­lar, Sun­day School Hymns No. 1 (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Tul­lar-Me­re­dith, 1903), num­ber 276.

Music: Jo­seph W. Ler­man (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ler­man (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Grant C. Tullar (1869–1950)


Morning light was dawning o’er the distant hills,
Banished was the midnight gloom;
Silently the angels clad in bright array
Came to guard the dear Re­deem­er’s tomb.
Soldiers were affrighted and in terror fled,
While the angels roll the stone away.
Then with joy proclaiming, Christ the Lord is ris’n;
See the place where once the Sav­ior lay.


Joy dispels our sorrow—pleasures banish pain—
Earth awakes from winter’s gloom;
Easter anthems ringing tell the joyful news
Christ is ris­en from the tomb.

Loving ones who sought Him at the break of day,
Found the angels waiting there;
Joy dispelled their sorrow—fear gave way to faith—
Hope succeeded all their deep despair.
For the angels told them, Je­sus is not here,
But had surely ris­en as He said.
Then with eager footsteps joyfully they tell
How that Christ had ris­en from the dead.


Easter tells its gladness all the year around—
Happy birds their tribute bring;
Fragrant flowers blooming after winter days
Speak to us the joys of coming spring.
Earthly pleasures vanish, flowers soon shall fade,
But the joy of East­er shall endure.
Hope of resurrection ne­ver shall grow dim
While the Word of God abideth sure.