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Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.

By Time Flies. XVIII. “Words cannot utter”

Christina G. Rossetti (1830–1894)

Easter Day

WORDS cannot utter

Christ His returning:—

Mankind, keep Jubilee,

Strip off your mourning,

Crown you with garlands,

Set your lamps burning.

Speech is left speechless;—

Set you to singing,

Fling your hearts open wide,

Set your bells ringing:

Christ the Chief Reaper

Comes, His sheaf bringing.

Earth wakes her song birds,

Puts on her flowers,

Leads out her lambkins,

Builds up her bowers:

This is man’s spousal day,

Christ’s day and ours.