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Henry Charles Beeching, ed. (1859–1919). Lyra Sacra: A Book of Religious Verse. 1903.

By Thomas Blackburne (1821–1859)

An Easter Hymn

AWAKE, 1 thou wintry earth,
  Fling off thy sadness;
Fair vernal flowers laugh forth
  Your ancient gladness:
            Christ is risen.        5
Wave, woods, your blossoms all,
  Grim Death is dead;
Ye weeping funeral trees,
  Lift up your head.
            Christ is risen.        10
Come, see, the graves are green;
  It is light; let us go
Where our loved ones rest
  In hope below.
            Christ is risen.        15
All is fresh and new,
  Full of spring and light;
Wintry heart, why wearest the hue
  Of sleep and night?
            Christ is risen.        20
Leave thy cares beneath,
  Leave thy worldly love;
Begin the better life
  With God above.
            Christ is risen.        25
Note 1. This poem was first printed in the second edition of Fosbery’s “Poems for the Sick and Suffering” (Rivington, 1850). Mr Blackburne was educated at Queen’s College, Oxford, and after some time spent in literary work on the Athenæum, he took orders. Two of his letters are printed in Hartley Coleridge’s Memoirs. [back]