230. Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain

1 Come, you faithful, raise the strain
of triumphant gladness;
God has brought all Israel
into joy from sadness;
Loosed from Pharaoh’s bitter yoke
Jacob’s sons and daughters;
Led them with unmoistened foot
through the Red Sea waters.

2 Spring has dawned on earth today;
Christ has burst from prison,
And from three days’ sleep in death
as the sun has risen;
All the winter of our sins,
long and gray, is flying
From the Light, to whom we give
laud and praise undying.

3 Now the joyous season, bright
with the day of splendor,
With the royal feast of feasts,
comes its joys to render;
Comes to glad Jerusalem
who with true affection
Welcomes in unwearied strains
Jesus' resurrection.

4 Neither might the gates of death,
nor the tomb’s dim portal,
Nor the watchers, nor the seal
hold you as a mortal:
But today amid the twelve
you will stand, bestowing
Peace and joy which evermore
passes human knowing.

Text Information
First Line: Come, you faithful, raise the strain
Title: Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain
Author (attributed to): John of Damascus, c. 696-c. 754 C.E.
Translator: John Mason Neale (1872, alt.)
Publication Date: 1995
Scripture: Luke 24; Exodus 15
Topic: Biblical Names; Easter; Jesus Christ: Resurrection (1 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Arthur S. Sullivan (1872)
Key: F Major or modal

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