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431a. O sons and daughters, let us sing!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

1 O sons and daughters, let us sing!
The King of heaven, the glorious King,
o'er death and hell rose triumphing.

2 That Easter morn, at break of day,
the faithful women went their way
to seek the tomb where Jesus lay:

3 An angel clad in white they see,
who sat, and spoke unto the three,
'Your Lord goes on to Galilee.'

4 That night the apostles met in fear;
amidst them came their Lord most dear,
and said, 'My peace be on all here.'

5 When Thomas first the tidings heard,
he doubted if it were their Lord;
until he came and spoke the word:

6 'My piercèd side, O Thomas, see;
behold my hands, my feet,' said he;
'not faithless, but believing be.'

7 No longer Thomas then denied;
he saw the feet, the hands, the side;
'You are my Lord and God,' he cried:

8 How blest are they who have not seen,
and yet whose faith has constant been,
for they eternal life shall win:

9 On this most holy day of days,
our hearts and voices, Lord, we raise,
in in this triumphant hymn of praise:

Text Information
First Line: O sons and daughters, let us sing!
Author: Jean Tisserand (d. 1494)
Translator: John Mason Neale (1818-1866)
Refrain First Line: Alleluia!
Meter: 888 and Alleluias
Language: English
Publication Date: 2008
Topic: Christian Year: Easter; Doubt
Tune Information
Meter: 888 and Alleluias
Key: g minor
Source: Airs sur les hymnes sacrez, Paris, 1623; Harm: compilers Church Hymnary, 4th ed.
Copyright: Harmonisation © Church Hymnary Trust

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