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When His heart stern death was rending,
They cried out, "Thy death-bed leave, "And from off Thy cross descending, "We will upon Thee believe." To death resign'd
He would suffer no reprieve.
No, He hath not thence descended, ye would for ever grieve,
But from death He hath ascended,
Will ye not in Him believe?
"Tis He alone
Can your chains of death relieve.
Lord, with Thee in daily dying
May we die, and with Thee rise ; And on earth, ourselves denying, Have our hearts within the skies, To sing our God,
Three in One, sole good and wise.
WHY for thy Lord dost thou thus weep and mourn,
No need for Him that thou should'st mourn and weep,
He, whom thou seekest in the murky tomb,
Hath sprung bright and victorious from the gloom;
He lives, He greatly lives for evermore;
See! wide the rocks ope the sepulchral door.
Why bringst thou myrrh and spices, offerings meet
His body blooms with immortality,
Meet to return to His paternal sky.
Thy tears proclaim the greatness of Thy love,
Nor doth thy Lord thy flowing tears reprove;
Hear'st thou ? and know'st thou not that voice adored? 'Tis thine own name! He speaks-thy God and Lord.
Now go, first witness and first messenger,
And teach the Twelve that Christ himself is nigh,
All love, and praise, and majesty be Thine,
O CHRIST, our hope, our heart's desire,
Creator of the world art Thou,
How vast the mercy and the love
But now the bonds of death are burst,
And Thou art, on Thy FATHER's throne,
O CHRIST, be Thou our present joy,
Our future great reward;
Our only glory may it be
To glory in the LORD.
THE CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL.
WHITHER, Saul, this raging sense
Christ is now at hand, behold,
And Christ's armed foe e'en now
He, who, fill'd with threatnings, sped,
Chains and death preparing ;
By a gentle hand is led,
With a child-like bearing; Like a raging wolf he came, But he goes a gentle lamb.