Christ the Lord is risen to-day

Hymn for Easter Day.




Christ the Lord is risen to-day,"
Sons of men and angels say :
Raise your joys and triumphs high ;
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply.

2 Vain the stone, the watch, the seal;
Christ has burst the gates of hell:
Death in vain forbids His rise;
Christ has opened Paradise.

3 Lives again our glorious King:
Where, O death, is now thy sting ?
Once He died, our souls to save:
Where thy victory, O grave ?

4 Soar we now where Christ has led,
Following our exalted Head :
Made like Him, like Him we rise;
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies.

5 Hail the Lord of earth and heaven !
Praise to Thee by both be given :
Thee we greet triumphant now:
Hail, the Resurrection Thou !

This is a part of one of the hymns of Charles Wesley, and was printed in the same book as his Christmas Hymn, No. 8. [NOTES.—Verse 3, line 3. Wesley wrote it," Dying once He all doth save." Verse 5, line 4. The Resurrection Thou I See St. John's Gospel xi, 25. "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection."]