Scripture Verse

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 1 Corinthians 15:55

Introduction

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Phillips Brooks (1835–1893)

Words: Phill­ips Brooks (1835–1893). Pub­lished in Christ­mas Songs and East­er Ca­rols, by Phill­ips Brooks (New York: E. P. Dut­ton, 1903), pag­es 35–36.

Music: Ev­ans­ville, Joe Uth­up, 2018 (🔊 pdf nwc) (pub­lic do­main).

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Joe Uthup (1988–)

Lyrics

Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him long­er;
Death is strong, but life is stronger,
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right.
Faith and Hope tri­um­phant say
Christ will rise on East­er Day.

While the pa­tient earth lies wak­ing,
Till the morn­ing shall be break­ing,
Shuddering ’neath the bur­den dread
Of her Mas­ter, cold and dead,
Hark! she hears the an­gels say
Christ will rise on East­er Day.

And when sun­rise smites the mount­ains,
Pouring light from heav’n­ly foun­tains,
Then the earth blooms out to greet
Once again the bless­èd feet;
And her count­less voic­es say
Christ has ris’n on East­er Day.

Up and down our lives obe­di­ent
Walk, dear Christ, with foot­steps ra­di­ant,
Till those gar­den lives shall be
Fair with du­ties done for Thee;
And our thank­ful spir­its say,
Christ arose on East­er Day.