11937. Now At The Lamb's Imperial Feast

1 Now at the Lamb’s imperial feast,
In robes of snowy whiteness dressed,
The Red Sea past, high songs we sing
Of triumph to th’anointed King.

2 For us His charity divine
The blood-cup drank of bitter wine:
For us His limbs extended lay,
A sacrifice for love to slay.

3 With blood the sprinkled door posts red
Th’avenging angel sees with dread:
Apart the startled waves divide,
Pours o’er the foe the refluent tide.

4 Now Christ our Passover we claim:
The same the sacrifice; the same,
Pure to the pure of heart and dear,
Th’unleavened bread of truth sincere.

5 O Thou, true sacrifice from Heav’n,
To whom the key of hell is giv’n,
By whom the thralls of death unchained,
By whom the prize of life regained!

6 Victor of hell’s infernal holds,
His trophies Christ revived unfolds;
And to the heavens’ admiring gaze
The captive king of night displays.

7 That with delight our hearts may burn,
Lord, at Thy paschal feast’s return,
O, dead to sin, thy servants give
New born in righteousness to live.

8 Be the Almighty Father praised;
The Son, who from the dead was raised;
And, the full Godhead to complete,
The Holy Ghost, the Paraclete!

Text Information
First Line: Now at the Lamb’s imperial feast
Title: Now At The Lamb's Imperial Feast
Latin Title: Ad caenam Agni providi
Translator: Richard Mant
Author: Ambrose of Milan, 340-397
Meter: LM
Language: English
Source: Ancient Hymns from the Roman Breviary (London, J. G. & F. Rivington, 1837)
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer (attributed to): John Hatton (1793)
Meter: LM
Key: d♭ minor
Copyright: Public Domain

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