11936. Morning Spreads her Crimson Rays

1 Morning spreads her crimson rays,
Heav’n resounds with hymns of praise,
Through the earth loud anthems swell,
Heard with rage in vanquished hell.

2 From the dark sepulchral gloom
See the King of Glory come:
See Him now from bondage freed
All His saints to daylight lead.

3 Vain the tomb securely barred,
Sealèd stone, and armèd guard:
Death is crushed, and finds his bier
In the Conqueror’s sepulcher.

4 Hence with mourning, hence with tears,
Hence with anxious griefs and fears;
"Death’s subduer is not here,"
Cries His angel minister.

5 That these thoughts of paschal joy
Ever may our minds employ,
Dead to sin, Thy servants give,
Lord, in holiness to live.

6 Now be God the Father praised,
With the Son in triumph raised
From the grave, His glory’s heir,
And the blessèd Comforter.

Text Information
First Line: Morning spreads her crimson rays
Title: Morning Spreads her Crimson Rays
Latin Title: Aurora coelum purpurat
Translator: Richard Mant
Author: Ambrose of Milan, 340-397
Meter: 77.77
Language: English
Source: Ancient Hymns from the Roman Breviary (London, J. G. & F. Rivington, 1837)
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tunes: FERRIER by John B. Dykes; INNOCENTS from "The Parish Choir"
Tune Information
Composer: William Wallace Gilchrist (1895)
Meter: 77.77
Key: A♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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