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Sealed Was the Tomb

Sealed was the tomb, guarded by soldiers,
Brightly the moonlight shone around;
Roadway and hill gleamed in the brightness,
Flooded with light the garden�s bound.
Brighter the light seen �neath the olives;
Forms bright as sunlight, �mid the trees,
Soldiers were there, clad as for warfare;
Lo! they are gone, and who are these?
See yonder, hast�ning to the city,
The trembling soldiers in terror go!
Earthquake astounding, strange light surrounding,
Drive them away these things to show.


O wonderful light in the garden,
That fadeth not away!
The King Who was laid in the shadow
With vict�ry is crowned this glorious day.

Darkly they plan; falsely as darkly,
Stories that He was borne away�
Borne by His friends, poor weak disciples,
Stol�n when the moon was bright as day!
Soldiers of Rome ne�er slept on duty,
False was the tale for silver told;
Death could not hold that mighty Victor!
Lift up your heads, ye gates of gold!
The morn of glory hath awakened,
And death no longer holds boundless pow�r;
Empty the prison, Jesus has risen;
Time hath no richer, grander hour.



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