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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
An Easter Ode
Henry Alford (1810–1871)
THE CALM of blessed night
  Is on Judæa’s hills;
The full-orbed moon with cloudless light
  Is sparkling on their rills:
One spot above the rest        5
  Is still and tranquil seen,
The chamber as of something blest,
  Amidst its bowers of green.
Around that spot each way
  The figures ye may trace        10
Of men-at-arms in grim array,
  Girding the solemn place:
But other bands are there—
  And, glistening through the gloom,
Legions of angels bright and fair        15
  Throng to that wondrous tomb.
“Praise be to God on high!
  The triumph-hour is near:
The Lord hath won the victory,
  The foe is vanquished here!        20
Dark grave, yield up the dead;
  Give up thy prey, thou earth:
In death he bowed his sacred head—
  He springs anew to birth!
“Sharp was the wreath of thorns        25
  Around his suffering brow;
But glory rich his head adorns,
  And angels crown him now.
Roll yonder rock away
  That bars the marble-gate;        30
And gather we in bright array
  To swell the Victor’s state!
“Hail, hail, hail!
  The Lord is risen indeed!
The curse is made of none avail;        35
  The sons of men are freed!”

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