At the Lamb's high feast we sing

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1 At the Lamb's high feast we sing
praise to our victorious King,
who has washed us in the tide
flowing from his wounded side.
Praise we Christ, whose love divine
gives his sacred blood for wine,
gives his body for the feast -
Christ the victim, Christ the priest.

2 Where the paschal blood is poured
death's dread angel sheathes the sword;
Israel's hosts triumphant go
through the wave that drowns the foe.
Praise we Christ, whose blood was shed,
paschal victim, paschal bread;
with sincerity and love
eat we manna from above.

3 Mighty victim from the sky,
hell's fierce powers beneath you lie;
you have conquered in the fight,
you have brought us life and light.
Now no more can death appall,
now no more the grave enthrall;
You have opened paradise,
and your saints in you shall rise.

4 Easter triumph, Easter joy,
this alone can sin destroy!
From sin's power, Lord, set us free,
new-born souls in you to be.
Father, who the crown shall give;
Savior, by whose death we live;
Spirit, guide through all our days;
Three in One, your name we praise.

Source: Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #832

Translator: Robert Campbell

Robert Campbell was an advocate residing in Edinburgh. He is not much known as an author, but some of his hymns have been adopted in several hymnals. He was Roman Catholic. His death occurred in 1868. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >


At the Lamb's High Feast we sing. By R. Campbell, written in 1849 [C. MSS.], and first printed in his collection commonly known as the St. Andrew's Hymnal, 1850, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines. In the original manuscripts the first two lines are added as a refrain to each verse, but are omitted in the printed text. Cooke and Denton's Hymnal was the first to bring it into prominent notice, although in an altered form which has been copied by many compilers. Its use exceeds that of all other translations of the "Ad Regias Agni" put together; being found in a more or less correct form, in the most important collections of the Church of England. Many of the alterations in Hymns Ancient & Modern, Church Hymns, Thring, and others date from Cooke and Denton's Hymnal, 1853, the Salisbury Hymn Book 1857, and others. Another arrangement of Campbell's text is, "To the Lamb's High Feast we press" given in Rev. Francis Pott's Collection, 1861, No. 90.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



The tune SALZBURG, named after the Austrian city made famous by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was first published anonymously in the nineteenth edition of Praxis Pietatis Melica (1678); in that hymnbook's twenty-fourth edition (1690) the tune was attributed to Jakob Hintze (b. Bernau, Germany, 1622; d. B…

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SONNE DER GERECHTIGKEIT was originally the tune to a fifteenth-century folk song, "Der reich Mann war geritten aus," and it was adopted by the Bohemian Brethren for 1566 hymnal, Kirchengeseng. The tune is thus a contrafactum, changed from the folk/court use to church use. The title is the German inc…

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George J. Elvey (PHH 48) composed ST. GEORGE'S WINDSOR as a setting for James Montgomery's text "Hark! The Song of Jubilee," with which it was published in Edward H. Thorne's Selection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1858). The tune has been associated with Alford's text since publication of the hymn in th…

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