At Easter-Tide

Be inspired by these Easter poems that were written many years ago describing the beauty of Easter. When you think of the result that Easter Day had on humanity, the risen Christ, nothing can be more beautiful or inspiring.

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  1. At Easter-Tide
    Poet: E. A. Lehman

    In the beauty of the lilies, o'er the dews of early morn,
    Comes the risen Master buoyant on earth's first glad Easter dawn;
    While the Resurrection gladness throbs and pulses all around,
    Death and Hell shrink back affrighted, quaking to their utmost bound.

    For the Lord of Life and Glory, conqueror over Death and Grave,
    Cometh forth a crowned victor, bright, resplendent, strong to save —
    Comes to you, to me, my sister, as to Magdalen of old,
    From the grave-shelf which no longer could the Prince of Life enfold.

    And the roll-stone back recoiling from the sad, sepulchral gloom,
    Gives us life eternal, springing from our Saviour's empty tomb.
    For He lives, our glorious Master — lives to intercede for us,
    Pleads His own sufficient merit, pleads His death on Calvary's cross.

    Now unfold, ye pearly portals of the everlasting gate,
    While the King of Glory enters, and attendant seraphs wait;
    Ranks on ranks of brilliant angels joyfully His praise repeat,
    Saved by grace, the sinner answers, lowly at the Saviour's feet.
    Not archangels' loftiest anthem e'er can reach that glad, new song
    Which the humblest mortal utters and Eternity prolongs.

  2. The Lord Is Risen Indeed
    Poet: Thomas Blackburn

    Awake, thou wintry earth,
    Fling off thy sadness;
    Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
    Your ancient gladness:
    Christ is risen.

    Wave, woods, your blossoms all,
    Grim Death is dead;
    Ye weeping funeral trees,
    Lift up your head:
    Christ is risen.

    Come, see, the graves are green;
    It is light; let's go
    Where our loved ones rest
    In hope below:
    Christ is risen.

    All is fresh and new,
    Full of spring and light;
    Wintry heart, why wear'st the hue
    Of sleep and night?
    Christ is risen.

    Leave thy cares beneath,
    Leave thy worldly love;
    Begin the better life
    With God above:
    Christ is risen.

  3. The Day Of Jesus Christ
    Poet: George Herbert

    Rise, heart; thy Lord is risen. Sing His praise
    Without delays,
    Who takes thee by the hand, that thou likewise
    With Him mayst rise;
    That, as His death calcined thee to dust
    His life may make thee gold, and, much more, just.

    Awake, my lute, and struggle for thy part,
    With all thy art;
    The cross taught all wood to resound His name,
    Who bore the same:
    His stretched sinews taught all strings what key
    Is best to celebrate this most high day.

    Consort, both heart and lute, and twist a song,
    Pleasant and long;
    Or, since all music is but three parts vied,
    And multiplied,
    Oh, let thy blessed Spirit bear a part,
    And make up our defects with his sweet art.

    I got me flowers to strew Thy way;
    I got me boughs off many a tree;
    But Thou wast up by break of day,
    And brought'st Thy sweets along with thee.

    The sun arising in the east,
    Though he gave light, and the east perfume,
    If they should offer to contest
    With Thy arising, they presume.

    Can there be any day but this,
    Though many suns to shine endeavor?
    We count three hundred, but we miss:
    There is but one, and that one ever.

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