Two new hymns

Here are two hymns that I finished recently:

8.8.8.8.
The day of resurrection dawns
as angels wait beside the grave;
not to awake a sleeping world
but waiting to declare: “He saves”

For women in the early light
and men hid in an upper room,
where grief has blotted out the hope,
a dawning light invades the gloom.

So hearts that broke hear cries of joy
as now the angel voices say:
“He has been raised, he is not here,
but goes before you on the way.”

Where darkness ruled the Christ light shines:
The Prince of Peace has ransacked death.
His victory is ours by grace,
his freedom claims our every breath.

Tune: Church Triumphant (in UK set to “Born by the Holy Spirit’s breath”)

7.6.7.6.
Spirit of God come to us
in this appointed hour.
Come as the wind from heaven
with Pentecostal power

Spirit of God convict us
when we are hard and cold.
Soften our graceless spirits,
turning the dross to gold

Spirit of God you teach us
more of the ways of grace.
Make us your living witness,
standing in Jesu’s place

Spirit of God you guide us
into the way of peace.
Send us to live for Jesus,
offering his release.

There are very few tunes of this metre in use in the UK and none seem to have the required rhythm for this hymn.

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