'Twas the night before Easter, and all through the land,
Nothing stirred on that Sabbath, except desert sand.
Our Savior was hung on a cross without care,
And beaten beyond what a mortal could bear.
We disciples were sleepless and huddled in fear,
While the threats of the Romans hung very near.
Judas betrayed Him; three times I had denied;
We all ran away, and He was crucified.
Outside of the room there arose such a clatter,
We all jumped in fright and made quick plans to scatter.
Trembling as never I had done before,
I pulled back the lock, and threw open the door.
The glare of the dawn light sent my vision a swimmin’,
I looked with amazement at three dancing women.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
All three of the “Marys,” and all in great cheer.
Magdeline, Salome, Christ’s mother—lively, quick,
“Grief’s gone to their heads,” I thought, “these women are sick!”
Dancing and prancing, up the stairway they came,
With joy they saw us, and shouted out our names.
“Come Peter! Come Andrew! Come on out James and John!”
“Follow us to the tomb of our Master—He’s gone!”
“Phillip! Bartholomew! Matthew and Thomas!”
“He has risen again! Just like He promised!”
So John and I hurried. We tried hard to be brave,
Since we hadn’t a clue what we’d find at the cave.
An empty tomb; scenes we couldn’t have conceived,
But when all we found was linen…we believed!
Jesus appeared that evening, the Lord God himself,
And then I laughed with great joy, in spite of myself!
His face shone with glory; He dressed all in white;
He revealed His scars and set Doubting Tom right.
He stayed forty days with a twinkle in His eye,
Then said to us before ascending to the sky:
“The words I have shared are not just for the Jews.”
“You must travel the world and spread the Good News.”
The Lord gave us peace and dispelled all our woes,
Then with a nod and smile, up in the air He rose!
We heard Him exclaim as He sailed out of sight:
“Happy Easter to all, and to all new life!”
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