The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Easter Angels

Words: Bishop Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)

Source: Phillips Brooks, Christmas Songs and Easter Carols (New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1903).

God hath sent His Angels
    To the earth again,
Bringing joyful tidings
    To the sons of men.

They who first at Christmas
    Thronged the heavenly way,
Now beside the tomb-door
    Sit on Easter-Day.

Angels, sing His triumph
    As you sang His birth,
"Christ the Lord is risen,
    Peace, good will on earth."

In the dreadful desert
    Where the Lord was tried,
There the faithful Angels
    Gathered at His side,

And when in the Garden,
    Grief, and pain, and care
Bowed Him down with anguish,
    They were with Him there.

Yet the Christ they honour
    Is the same Christ still,
Who, in light and darkness,
    Did His Father's will.

And the tomb, deserted,
    Shineth like the sky,
Since He passed out from it,
    Into victory.

God has still His Angels
    Helping, at His word,
All His faithful children,
    Like their faithful Lord.

Soothing them in sorrow,
    Arming them in strife,
Opening wide the tomb-doors,
    Leading into life.

Father, send Thine Angels
    Unto us, we pray;
Leave us not to wander
    All along our way.

Let them guard and guide us,
    Whereso'er we be,
Till our resurrection
    Brings us home to Thee.


The music for this carol can be found at the Cyberhymnal site under the title God Hath Send His Angels. This link opens in a new window at an external site.

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