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Easter poems

A number of people expressed their appreciation of the poems which were used to introduce the Easter Sunday services on 23 March. For those who missed them, and for those who enjoyed them, here they are:

Easter Song (by George Herbert)

I got me flowers to straw Thy way,
I got me boughs off many a tree;
But Thou wast up by break of day,
And brought’st Thy sweets along with Thee.

The sun arising in the East,
Though he give light, and th’ East perfume,
If they should offer to contest
With Thy arising, they presume.

Can there be any day but this,
Though many suns to shine endeavour?
We count three hundred, but we miss:
There is but one, and that one ever.

Resurrection Dawn (anon)

The day of resurrection
dawns quiet as the women approach the tomb.
No girlish chatter breaks the silence for
they know
that their visit in the half-light
of morning is to do with unfinished business.
They come to anoint their beloved whom
they buried hastily on Friday, before the gloom
of the most miserable Sabbath they had ever endured.

Through the half-light they see
something amiss. The cave is open, the guard gone.
Inside they see no body. The place is empty.
They run to tell the men, wondering as they go. But Mary
stays, weeping. A man’s voice softly, tenderly,
speaks her name. She sees
only the light – only the light of her beloved,
shining, glowing, burning the love of eternity into her heart.
And then she knows, as she already half-knew, that,
because her beloved lives, there is nothing she can do
to make him love her more;
and there is nothing she
can do
to make him love her less.

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