Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Comforting Easter Bells

 
Easter Bells at Notre Dame, Paris France

Sweet is the comfort that the chimes
Are throbbing down upon the ear
In pulsing beat of wordless rhymes--
Life and death, human breath,
Joy and pain, naught is vain,
For Christ is risen! Heaven is near!

If sorrows come, they also go:
If joys must fly, they reappear.
Still, gladsome bells, swing to and fro--
Life and death, human breath,
Joy and pain, naught is vain,
For Christ is risen! Heaven is near!

Then ring for joy, ye Easter bells,
That love divine has conquered fear!
Immortal hope your rhythm tells--
Life and death, human breath,
Joy and pain, naught is vain,
For Christ is risen! Heaven is near!

            by Helen Evertson Smith.            

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