233. The Day of Resurrection!

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1 The day of resurrection!
Earth, tell it out abroad,
the Passover of gladness,
the Passover of God.
From death to life eternal,
from sin’s dominion free,
our Christ has brought us over
with hymns of victory.

2 Let hearts be purged of evil
that we may see aright
the Lord in rays eternal
of resurrection light,
and listening to his accents,
may hear, so calm and plain,
his own “All hail!” and hearing,
may raise the victor strain.

3 Now let the heavens be joyful;
let earth its song begin;
the round world keep high triumph
and all that is therein.
Let all things seen and unseen
their notes of gladness blend,
for Christ the Lord has risen,
our joy that has no end.

Text Information
First Line: The day of resurrection!
Title: The Day of Resurrection!
Author: John of Damascus (8th cent.)
Translator: John Mason Neale (1862, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: Exodus 12:11-14; Exodus 14:22; Psalm 148:4-5; Isaiah 9:2; Matthew 28:1-9; Luke 24:1-7; Acts 2:24-28; 1 Corinthians 15:57; 2 Corinthians 4:6
Topic: Christian Year: Easter Vigil; Christian Year: Resurrection/Easter; Jesus Christ: Resurrection (1 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart (1835 c.)
Key: D Major
Notes: (this tune in a lower key, 269)

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The roots of this English text come from a mid-8th century Greek hymn that continues to be used in Orthodox churches at the midnight Eucharist marking the beginning of Easter. The tune is named for the county in northwestern England where the composer was then an organist.

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