In the dark of Easter morning
Mary Magdalene did stand
by the grave of Jesus mourning
for the death of Christ her friend;
then she saw the gaping entrance
where the stone was rolled away;
quick she ran to John and Peter,
crying, "Brothers, come and see!"
When they saw the linen wrapping
John and Simon did believe.
Both disciples left her weeping,
weeping there outside the grave.
Peering in she saw two angels.
"Why, my lady do you weep?"
"They have taken Jesus' body
whom my spices were to keep."
Jesus stood by weeping Mary,
"Whom, my lady, do you seek?"
"Sir, if you have found his body,
tell me, please, for his dear sake."
Jesus said unto her, "Mary."
Mary turned and saw her friend.
"Lord," she cried and reach to touch him,
"touch me not till I ascend."
"I must go unto my Father,
to your Father and our God.
Tell the others I am coming
and that you have seen the Lord."
Mary went to the disciples
full of wonder, love, and praise,
waiting for him in the body,
risen miracle of grace.