Douglas Spencer (dougs) wrote,
Douglas Spencer
dougs

Joyful transformation

I just came from a party where I was discussing with maryread just how efficiently lyrics capture how we feel -- or how efficiently they can draw us into a particular mindset.

If you come from the same tradition as I do, you may have some grasp of how I feel today.
If you don't, you may have difficulty realising how different Easter Day feels, compared to Good Friday a couple of days ago.

This captures it:

This joyful Eastertide, away with sin and sorrow!
My Love, the Crucified, hath sprung to life this morrow.
Had Christ, that once was slain, ne'er burst his three-day prison,
His death had been in vain:
But now hath Christ arisen, arisen, arisen,
Arisen!

My flesh in hope shall rest, and for a season slumber:
Till trump from east to west shall wake the dead in number.
Had Christ, that once was slain, ne'er burst his three-day prison,
Our faith had been in vain:
But now hath Christ arisen, arisen, arisen,
Arisen!

Death's flood hath lost his chill, since Jesus crossed the river:
Lover of souls, from ill my passing soul deliver.
Had Christ, that once was slain, ne'er burst his three-day prison,
This grace had been in vain:
But now hath Christ arisen, arisen, arisen,
Arisen!

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