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If Easter Be Not True

by Henry H. Barstow

If Easter be not true,
   Then all the lilies low must lie;
   The Flanders poppies fade and die;
   The spring must lose her fairest bloom
   For Christ were still within the tomb
If Easter be not true.

If Easter be not true,
   The faith must mount on broken wing;
   Then hope no more immortal spring;
   Then love must lose her mighty urge;
    Life prove a phantom, death a dirge
If Easter be not true.

If Easter be not true,
   'Twere foolishness the cross to bear;
   He died in vain Who suffered there;
   What matter though we laugh or cry,
   Be good or evil, live or die,
If Easter be not true?

If Easter be not true
   But it _is_ true, and Christ is risen!
   And mortal spirit from its prison
   Of sin and death with Him may rise!
   Worth while the struggle, sure the prize,
Since Easter, aye, is true!

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