Now the world’s fresh dawn of birth
Teems with new rejoicing rife;
Christ is rising and on earth
All things with Him rise to life.
People have celebrated the coming of spring for longer than anyone can remember. Long ago, the new moon closest to the spring equinox was the time of Eostre, the goddess of the radiant dawn, the bringer of spring and new life. It was thought that her sacred animal, the hare, could be seen in the full moon.