And they departed quickly from the sepulcher with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
It is said that gardeners sometimes, when they would bring a rose to richer flowering, deprive it for a season of light and moisture. Silent and dark it stands, dropping one fading leaf after another, and seeming to go down patienty to death. But when every leaf is dropped, and the plant stands stripped to the uttermost, a new life is even then working in the buds, from which shall spring a tender foliage and a brighter wealth of flowers. So often, in celestial gardening, every leaf of earthly joy must drop, before a new and Divine bloom visits the soul.
(Mrs. H. B. Stowe.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.