Last Updated on July 25, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 361
Lord, who createdst man in wealth and store . . .
The speaker establishes a few key ideas in the first line of this poem. First, the poem speaks directly to and about the Lord. The "man" he references here is Adam, whose story appears in the beginning of Genesis. Adam was given much by his Creator, the God whom the speaker is addressing.
Decaying more and more,
Till he became
Most poore . . .
As man decays because of original sin, the words become more sparse on the page. They thin visually to reflect man's "poor" state after Adam and Eve's refusal to follow God's commands.
With thee . . .
This short line of only two words is used exactly the same in both line 6 and line 16. And in both stanzas, this is where the tone shifts from hopeless to hopeful. These short lines are powerful because they reflect the source of all hope: God. Only God can provide that shift into a more hopeful life in a world filled with the sin originally established by Adam's disobedience.
O let me rise
As larks, harmoniously . . .
The speaker is petitioning God to allow him to "rise." This verb is reflected in the title of the poem; Easter celebrates Christ's victory over death. He rose from the dead and into eternity with God. The speaker wants to also rise "as larks" do. Larks are known for their beautiful singing; the speaker wants to rise and sing in harmony with God, proclaiming His "victories."
My tender age in sorrow did beginne . . .
The speaker notes that, because of Adam (shifting the focus back to the origins of sin again), he was born into a sinful and sorrowful world.
For, if I imp my wing on thine,
Affliction shall advance the flight in me.
The speaker acknowledges that if he can hang onto the wings of God, his own sufferings will only advance his "flight." God's power to redeem the painful for beauty is expressed in these lines, and the speaker leans into Him for his powers to extend grace not only to mankind but also to him personally. The speaker believes in the transcendence of God's power, and this fills him with hope.
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