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23rd Psalm/Sheep May Safely Graze (J.S. Bach) (Easter)

Perhaps the most quoted of all the 150 psalms (lyrical odes) attributed (loosely) to King David in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. The music is the most famous selection from the "Hunting Cantata," BWV 208 by J.S. Bach(1685-1750).

Christ The Lord Is Risen Today (Easter)

Lyrics by Charles Wesley, 1739; music by Lyra Davidica, 1708. From John 20:20, penned by Wesley for the inaugural service at the first Wesleyan chapel in London, a year after his own conversion and new leadership of the Methodist movement. This hymn is one of 6000 written by Wesley, including "Hark!The Herald Angels Sing."

Happy Bunny & Egg Easter, A! (Narcissus) (Easter)

"Narcissus" (1891), by American pianist/composer Ethelbert Nevin (1862-1901), #4 of 5 piano solos entitled "Water Scenes." Immediately popular and a light, humorous, familiar standard ever since. Nevin is also the composer of 2 other Victorian standards: "The Rosary" and "Mighty Lak' A Rose."

Holy City, The (Easter)

1892 hymn to resurrection and eternal life by British composer Michael Maybrick (1841-1913 aka Stephen Adams), words by British lawyer Frederic Weatherly (1848-1929), also author of "Roses of Picardy" and "Danny Boy." Sung by Jeanette MacDonald and boy choir in the 1936 film "San Francisco."

Jerusalem (Blake) (Easter)

Poem & illustrations by William Blake, 1804, music by Sir Hubert Parry, 1916. Lines not included here- "Bring me my Bow of burning gold;/ Bring me my Arrows of desire:/ Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold!/ Bring me my Chariot of fire!"- inspired the title of the notable 1981 film "Chariots of Fire."

Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring (J.S. Bach) (Easter)

Final chorale from cantata "Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life," BWV 147 by J.S. Bach (1685-1750), composed in 1716, expanded in 1723.