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Joseph Anstice (1808-1836) was a Professor of Classics at King’s College, London.  He was also an award-winning poet and essayist as well as the author of fifty-two hymns, all published in 1836.


Darkly Rose the Guilty Morning:

O Lord, How Happy We Would Be:


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Above:  Rocks Fifty Million Years Old at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Montezuma, Georgia, April 22, 2012

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


Hymn Source = The New Psalms and Hymns (1901), of the Presbyterian Church in the United States (1861-1983)

Words (1836) by Joseph Anstice (1808-1836)


1.  O Lord, how happy should we be

If we could cast our care on Thee,

If we from self could rest;

And feel at heart that One above

In perfect wisdom, perfect love,

Is working for the best.

2.  How far from this our daily life,

How oft disturbed by anxious strife,

By sudden wild alarms;

O could we but relinquish all

Our earthly props, and simply fall

On Thine Almighty arms!

3.  Could we but kneel and cast our load,

E’en while we pray, upon our God,

Then rise with lightened cheer;

Sure that the Father, who is nigh

To still the famished raven’s cry,

Will hear in that we fear.

4.  We cannot trust Him as we should;

So chafes weak nature’s restless mood

To cast its peace away;

But birds and flowerets round us preach,

All, all the present evil teach

Sufficient for the day.

5.  Lord, make these faithless hearts of ous

Such lessons from birds and flowers;

Make them from self to cease,

Leave all things to a Father’s will,

And taste, before Him lying still,

E’en in affliction, peace.

Darkly Rose the Guilty Morning   9 comments

The Pieta, by El Greco

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Hymn Source = The New Psalms and Hymns (1901), of the Presbyterian Church in the United States

Words by Joseph Anstice (1808-1836)

A brief biography of Anstice is here:

Every occasion within the Church year has its place.  So let us give the crucifixion its prominent place today–especially this day, but not exclusively today.  And may we let Jesus be dead tomorrow, too.  May we not rush off to Easter Sunday just yet.  That day will come soon enough.  Besides, resurrection has meaning only in the context of death.

My advice, then, is to feel the death of Jesus very keenly on Good Friday and Holy Saturday.  If your tradition includes an Easter Vigil held either on late Saturday or early Sunday, begin to rejoice in the Resurrection of our Lord then.  Or, if your tradition is to attend a Sunrise Service, commence your Easter there.  Otherwise, there is the main service on Easter Sunday as the occasion to begin celebrating Jesus’ Resurrection.



1.  Darkly rose the guilty morning,

When, the the King of glory scorning,

Raged the fierce Jerusalem;

See, the Christ, His cross upbearing,

See Him stricken, spit on, wearing

The thorn-plaited diadem.

2.  Not the crowd whose cried assailed Him,

Nor the hands that rudely nailed Him,

Slew Him on the cursed tree;

Ours the sin from heaven that called Him,

Ours the sin whose burden galled Him

In the sad Gethsemane.

3.  For our sins, of glory emptied,

He was fasting, lone, and tempted,

He was slain on Calvary;

Yet He for his murderers pleaded;

Lord, by us that prayer is needed,

We have pierced, yet trust in Thee.

4.  In our wealth and tribulation,

By Thy precious cross and passion,

By Thy blood and agony,

By Thy glorious resurrection,

By Thy Holy Ghost’s protection,

Make us Thine eternally.