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WRITTEN ON EASTER DAY.

1 Glad tidings hath my Saviour brought
2 To cheer the drooping mind,
3 And mighty wonders hath he wrought
4 This day for lost mankind.
5 Awake! cast off the works of night,
6 The sacred page explore,
7 There view how life is brought to light,
8 And there thy God adore.
9 There thou may'st drown each slavish fear,
10 There hear thy God proclaim
11 Peace and salvation far and near
12 To all, who love his name.
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13 Can gratitude, can duty move?
14 Can faith or hope inspire?
15 Doth pious zeal, doth fervent love
16 Thy soul with ardour fire?
17 Here may thy mind with full delight
18 Each faculty employ;
19 Here, rapt in thought, bring to thy fight
20 Immortal scenes of joy.
21 For as our dear Redeemer rose,
22 And overcame the grave,
23 We may in his blest word repose,
24 And He our souls will save.
25 Death is no longer now our foe,
26 Nor can for victory strive;
27 For since by man came death and woe,
28 By Christ we're made alive.
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29 Methinks I look beyond this scene
30 Of pain, and grief, and fear,
31 To mansions where our God shall reign,
32 And wipe away each tear.
33 What heart but must with rapture burn
34 To meet such heav'nly love!
35 Come then, my soul, and strive to earn
36 The joys that are above.
37 Be stedfast then, thy faith maintain,
38 In goodness still abound;
39 So shall thy labour not be vain,
40 But by thy God be crown'd.

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    Title (in Source Edition): WRITTEN ON EASTER DAY.
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    Poems, &c. &c. by the Late Mrs. Mary Alcock [poems only]. London: Printed for C. Dilly, Poultry, 1799, pp. 14-16. vii,[25],183,[1]p. (ESTC T86344) (Page images digitized by University of California Libraries.)

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