Saturday, 3 April 2010

Easter Sunday - The Resurrection of our Lord

CHRIST IS RISEN!


Easter
Rise, heart, thy lord is risen. Sing his praise
Without delays,
Who takes thee by the hand, that thou likewise
With him may'st rise:
That, as his death refined thee to dust,
His life may make thee gold, and, much more, just.

Awake, my lute, and struggle for thy part
With all thy art,
The cross taught all wood to resound his name
Who bore the same.
His stretched sinews taught all strings what key
Is best to celebrate this most high day.

Consort, both heart and lute, and twist a song
Pleasant and long;
Or, since all music is but three parts vied
And multiplied
Oh let thy blessed Spirit bear a part,
And make up our defects with his sweet art.

George Herbert (1593-1633, Anglican clergyman and poet)

[I particularly like the photo that accompanies this post - yes, it's an ancient tomb in Jerusalem, probably much like the one our Lord was laid to rest in. With a little imagination, it can seem as though this crowd has gathered, mystified, after hearing the news of the Risen Lord.]

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Happy Easter, Mark!

Matthias said...

"One short sleep past,we wake eternally,
And death shall be no more:death thou shalt die"
DEATH BE NOT PROUD -John Donne

because Christ conquered sin,death and the devil by His Death and Resurrection,Donne-an Anglican clergyman- who ha dfaith in the Risen Lord was able to write these last words from his poem knowing that he served a Risen Lord

Mild Colonial Boy, Esq. said...

Christ has Risen!

Mild Colonial Boy, Esq. said...

He is Risen Indeed!

acroamaticus said...

Very apt, Wayne, as Donne and Herbert are both classed as belonging to the school of the 'Metaphysical Poets' of the 17th century.

A blessed Easter Season!

Rick said...

Mark,
Truly, He is risen!
Happy Easter!
Rick T