Easter triumph, Easter joy
Apparently, my Good Friday post was starting to depress people; and really, it wasn't witnessing the fullness of the Christian Gospel. Because the story doesn't end with the death of Jesus, and that's why His followers will be partying for the next fifty days!
Mighty Victim from on high,
hell's fierce powers beneath Thee lie;
Thou hast conquered in the fight,
Thou hast brought us life and light:
now no more can death appall,
now no more the grave enthrall;
Thou hast opened paradise,
and in Thee thy saints shall rise.
Easter triumph, Easter joy,
these alone do sin destroy.
From sin's power do Thou set free
souls newborn, O Lord, in Thee.
Hymns of glory, songs of praise,
Father, unto Thee we raise:
risen Lord, all praise to Thee
with the Spirit ever be!
---Robert Campbell (1814-1868)