277. Hail Thee, Festival Day!

Text Information
First Line: All the fair beauty of earth (He who was nailed to the cross) (Bright and in likeness of fire)
Title: Hail Thee, Festival Day!
Original Language: Latin
Author: Venantius Honorius Fortunatus (567c.–576)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: Irregular
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Christian Year: Ascension; Christian Year: Pentecost; Jesus Christ: Ascension and Reign (1 more...)
Source: Trans. Lutheran Book of Worship, 1978, alt.
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Hail thee, festival day!
Copyright: © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship (admin. Augsburg Fortress)
Tune Information
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)
Meter: Irregular
Key: F Major
Notes: Guitar chords do not correspond with keyboard harmony.

Text Information:

This three-occasion hymn has been extracted from a much longer Latin original of fifty-five two-line stanzas. Though it is doubtful that the entire text was used much, selections from it have flourished for centuries. This celebratory tune is one of the composer’s most effective.

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