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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Amenophis and Other Poems (1892).
IX. I am the Resurrection and the Life
By Francis Turner Palgrave (1824–1897)
 
DARK World, rejoice! The day-spring
  Has broke, more bright than when
The star-crown’d Angel chorus
  Sang God’s good news to men,—
    The Lord of Life e’en now        5
      From Death’s dim prison
      This third day risen,
    With victory on His brow
                    Risen!
 
O day that seal’d for ever        10
  The hope of hopes to man!
Made Death himself the gateway
  To life’s immortal span!
    That brimm’d with quickening light
      The soul’s grave-prison,        15
      Whence He had risen,
    God’s Daystar in His might
                    Risen!
 
For all the million millions
  Whirl’d on this roving ball        20
Since man’s creation-morning,
  One Lord hath died, for all;
    God, yet still Man, He springs
      From Death’s dim prison,
      In glory risen,        25
    With healing on His wings
                    Risen!
 
But most who mourn their dearest
  Through desolate silent years,
Loved with what utter longing,        30
  And wept for with what tears—
    For them the Love that died
      Unbars life’s prison:—
      They see Christ risen,
    The loved ones at His side—        35
                    Risen!
 
 
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