234. Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain

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1 Come, you faithful, raise the strain
of triumphant gladness!
God has brought forth 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 today:
Christ has burst his prison,
and from three days’ sleep in death
as a sun has risen.
All the winter of our sins,
long and dark, is flying
from the Light, to whom we give
laud and praise undying.

3 Now the queen of seasons, bright
with the day of splendor,
with the royal feast of feasts
comes its joy to render;
comes to glad Jerusalem,
who with true affection
welcomes in unwearied strains
Jesus’ resurrection!

4 Neither could the gates of death,
nor the tomb’s dark portal,
nor the watchers, nor the seal
hold you as a mortal:
but today, among your own,
you appear, bestowing
your deep peace, which evermore
passes human knowing.

Text Information
First Line: Come, you faithful raise the strain
Title: Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain
Translator: John Mason Neale (1859, alt.)
Author: John of Damascus, (8th cent.)
Publication Date: 2013
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Topic: Christian Year: Easter Vigil; Christian Year: Resurrection/Easter; Christian Year: Reign of Christ (4 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1872, alt.)
Key: F Major

Text Information:

One of the many ancient hymns translated into English in the 19th century, this 8th-century Eastertide hymn was originally part of a longer Greek liturgical text. This tune was created for this text by a church organist who later rose to fame as a composer of operettas.

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