201b. Come, ye faithful, raise the strain

1 Come, ye faithful, raise the strain
of triumphant gladness!
God hath brought his 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 'Tis the spring of souls to-day;
Christ hath burst his prison,
and from three days' sleep in death
as a sun hath risen:
all the winter of our sins,
long and dark, is flying
from his light, to whom we give
laud and praise undying.

3 Now the queen of seasons, bright
with the day of splendour,
with the royal feast of feasts,
comes its joy to render;
comes to glad Jerusalem,
who with true affection
welcomes in unwearied strains
Jesu's resurrection.

4 Alleluia now we cry
to our King immortal,
who triumphant burst the bars
of the tomb's dark portal;
Alleluia, with the Son
God the Father praising;
Alleluia yet again
to the Spirit raising.

Text Information
First Line: Come, ye faithful, raise the strain
Greek Title: Αίσωμεν πάντες λαοί
Translator: John Mason Neale (1818-1866)
Author: St John of Damascus (c. 675-c. 750)
Meter: 76 76 D
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ;
Topic: Church Year: Easter; Easter; Joy (2 more...)
Tune Information
Meter: 76 76 D
Key: F Major
Source: Melody as given by J. Horn's Gesangbuch, 1544; harmonised by Compilers of More Hymns for Today, 1980
Copyright: Harmonisation: © Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd

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