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The World Keeps Easter Day

Composer Austin C. Lovelace
Text John Mason Neale
Voicing Two-part mixed voices, keyboard
Church Season Easter
Length
1' 40" Price $1.15 (U.S.) Released 2/95
Catalog no. 405-507 Difficulty Moderately easy

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Description A bright and joyful text and setting for Easter. Lovelace composed the three stanzas in three modes: Dorian, Aeolian, and Ionian.

Text
The world itself keeps Easter day,
and Easter larks are singing;
and Easter flowers are blooming gay,
and Easter buds are springing; Alleluia, Alleluia,
The Lord of all things lives anew,
and all his works are rising too: Alleluia, alleluia.

There stood three Maries by the tomb,
on Easter morning early,
when day had scarcely chased the gloom,
and dew was white and pearly: Alleluia, Alleluia,
With loving but with erring mind,
they came the Prince of Life to find: Alleluia, Alleluia.

The world itself keeps Easter day,
and Easter larks are singing;
and Easter flowers are blooming gay,
and Easter buds are springing: Alleluia, Alleluia,
The Lord has risen, as all things tell:
good Christians see ye rise as well! Alleluia, Alleluia.

Text: John Mason Neale (1818-1866), alt.

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