The World Itself Keeps Easter Day


The world itself keeps Easter Day,
And Easter larks are singing;
And Easter flow’rs are blooming gay,
And Easter buds are springing:
Alleluia! Alleluia!

The Lord of all things lives anew,
And all His works are rising too;
The Lord of all things lives anew,
And all His works are rising too;

Refrain:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise the Lord.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise the Lord.

There stood three Maries by the tomb
On Easter morning early,
When day had scarcely chased the gloom,
And dew was white and pearly;
Alleluia! Alleluia!
With loving but with erring mind
They came the Prince of Life to find:
With loving but with erring mind
They came the Prince of Life to find. [Refrain]

But earlier still the angel sped
His news of comfort giving;
And “Why,” he said, “among the dead
“Thus seek ye for the living?”
Alleluia! Alleluia!
“Go tell them all and make them blest,
“Tell Peter first, and then the rest.”
“Go tell them all and make them blest,
“Tell Peter first, and then the rest.” [Refrain]

The Church is keeping Easter Day,
And Easter hymns are sounding,
And Easter flow’rs are blooming gay,
The holy font surrounding;
Alleluia! Alleluia!
The Lord hath risen, as all things tell,
Good Christians, see ye rise as well:
The Lord hath risen, as all things tell
Good Christians, see ye rise as well. [Refrain]