by Cecil F. Alexander (1823-1895), altered. Sung to UNSER HERRSCHER by Joachim Neander.
“He is risen! He is risen!”
Tell it out with joyful voice:
He has burst His three days’ prison;
Let the whole wide earth rejoice:
Death is conquered, we are free,
Christ has won the victory.
Come, ye sad and fearful hearted,
With glad smile and radiant brow!
Death’s long shadows have departed;
All our woes are over now,
Due to passion that He bore—
Sin and pain can vex no more.
Tell it to the sinners, weeping
Over deeds in darkness done,
Weary watch of sorrow keeping,
Bright breaks their Easter sun.
Blood can wash all sins away,
Christ has conquered hell today.
Come, with high and holy hymning,
Chant our Lord’s triumphant day;
Not one touch of twilight sadness
Dims His resurrections day.
Brightly dawns the radiant east,
Brighter far our Easter feast.
He is risen, He is risen!
He has opened Heaven’s gate:
We are free from sin’s dark prison,
Risen to a holier state;
And a brighter Easter beam
On our longing eyes shall stream.