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

By Amenophis and Other Poems (1892). IX. I am the Resurrection and the Life

Francis Turner Palgrave (1824–1897)

DARK World, rejoice! The day-spring

Has broke, more bright than when

The star-crown’d Angel chorus

Sang God’s good news to men,—

The Lord of Life e’en now

From Death’s dim prison

This third day risen,

With victory on His brow


O day that seal’d for ever

The hope of hopes to man!

Made Death himself the gateway

To life’s immortal span!

That brimm’d with quickening light

The soul’s grave-prison,

Whence He had risen,

God’s Daystar in His might


For all the million millions

Whirl’d on this roving ball

Since man’s creation-morning,

One Lord hath died, for all;

God, yet still Man, He springs

From Death’s dim prison,

In glory risen,

With healing on His wings


But most who mourn their dearest

Through desolate silent years,

Loved with what utter longing,

And wept for with what tears—

For them the Love that died

Unbars life’s prison:—

They see Christ risen,

The loved ones at His side—