‘He is Risen! He is Risen!’

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My favorite line from “He is Risen! He is Risen!” by Cecil F. Alexander is one that makes me want to shout and dance: “Death is conquered, we are free, Christ has won the victory.” No need for despair–HE is victorious, and we have escaped sin’s grasp!

Christ is risen, Christ is risen,
tell it out with joyful voice;
Christ 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;
Lent’s long shadows have departed,
all his woes are over now,
and the Passion that he bore;
sin and pain can vex no more.

Christ is risen, Christ is risen;
he hath 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.