Awake, thou wintry earth –
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!
Thomas Blackburn, “An Easter Hymn”
We live and die; Christ died and lived!
Once more to new creation Awake,
and death gainsay,
For death is swallowed up of life,
And Christ is risen today!
George Newell Lovejoy
Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness.
Floyd W. Tomkins
Twas Easter-Sunday. The full-blossomed trees
Filled all the air with fragrance and with joy.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Spanish Student
Those have a short Lent, who owe money to be paid at Easter.
There is not room for Death,
Nor atom that his might could render void:
Thou – Thou art Being and Breath,
And what Thou art may never be destroyed.
Ye sleeping buds, break
Open your green cerements, and wake
To fragrant blossoming for His sweet sake.
Margaret French Patton
And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.
The story of Easter is the story of God’s wonderful window of divine surprise.