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He is Risen!

About the Song

Text by Cecil Frances Alexander
Music by Joachim Neander
Arranged by Sally DeFord

This arrangement wins the award for easiest choral selection on the site. You could probably prepare it in half a practice. However, lest your pianist get bored, the accompaniment is rather(!) challenging. Watch the tempo. It’s marked at 88bpm, and that’s really about right. Those of you who like to take it at the high end of the 92-104 that the LDS Hymn book specifies are going to have to adjust your internal metronomes (or brave the wrath of your accompanist) if you use this arrangement.

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He is risen! He is risen!
Tell it out with joyful voice
He has burst His three-days’ prison
Let the whole wide earth rejoice
Death is conquered, man is free
Christ has won the victory

Come with high and holy hymning
Chant our Lord’s triumphant lay
Not one darksome cloud is dimming
Yonder glorious morning ray
Breaking o’er the purple east
Symbol of our Easter feast

He is risen! He is risen!
He hath opened heaven’s gate
We are free from sin’s dark prison
Risen to a holier state
And a brighter Easter beam
On our longing eyes shall stream

If you have questions, please check the FAQ
If you don't find your answer there, feel free to post your question here. 🙂


  1. Koleta Wells

    Sally, Please let me know if there is a simplified piano accompanist’s version of this. Our ward choir is very small and our accompanist is the bishop’s wife and very, very busy each and every week. (She even asks for emails, not phone calls to save her time). Thank you for your reply,

  2. Emily Biesinger

    You mentioned in FAQ that we could alter the music to fit the singers; I’d like to perform this number in sacrament meeting (I’m a ward choir director) and invite the congregation to join on the third verse. To make it work, I’d like to change ONLY measure 35 to have the words sung on two quarter notes (2/4 time signature for that measure) rather than the two half notes as written. I’d have the accompanist play the chords shown on beats 1 and 3 of that measure as quarter notes and leave out the rest of the eighth notes. Would this be permitted? I have looked at many choral arrangements of this hymn, and none but this one has the triumphant, rejoicing feel that I want. I want our whole congregation to enjoy the worship of this hymn with us. Thanks. 🙂

    • sallydeford

      Sounds great! 🙂


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