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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
Easter Hymn
Arthur Penrhyn Stanley (1815–1881)
CHRIST is risen! He is not here
Chain’d within our earthly sphere;
As in garb of flesh before,
Henceforth know we Him no more.
Christ is risen! Cross and tomb        5
Sink behind in passing gloom!
From these shadows drear and dim,
We must rise and live with Him.
Christ is risen! Our life-long sorrow
Fades before a brighter morrow.        10
For a time our courses sever,
Soon to be rejoin’d for ever.
Christ is risen! The truth that died
Mock’d and scourged and crucified,
Will unquestion’d mount on high,        15
Next to God’s own majesty.
Christ is risen! Deep within
Every charnel-house of sin
Lives a spark, which yet may shine
Radiant with a life divine.        20
Christ is risen! The things of earth
Lose their power and change their worth,
As we soar to things above—
Cloudless light and boundless Love.
Christ is risen! Lo, all is new,        25
Hail the coming Good and True!
From the old world’s weight releas’d,
Therefore let us keep the Feast.
Keep the feast with mind sincere
Conscience as the noontide clear,        30
Heart untouch’d by falsehood’s leaven,
Free-born citizens of heaven.

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