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324. Hail Thee, Festival Day

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EASTER --
Refrain:
Hail thee, festival day!
blest day to be hallowed forever;
day when our Lord was raised,
breaking the kingdom of death.

1 All the fair beauty of earth,
from the death of the winter arising!
Every good gift of the year
now with its Master returns; [Refrain]

2 Rise from the grave now, O Lord,
the author of life and creation.
Treading the pathway of death,
new life you give to us all: [Refrain]
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ASCENSION --
Refrain:
Hail thee, festival day!
blest day to be hallowed forever;
day when our risen Lord
rose in the heavens to reign.

1 He who was nailed to the cross
is Ruler and Lord of all people.
All things created on earth
Sing to the glory of God:[Refrain]

2 Daily the loveliness grows,
adorned with glory of blossom;
heaven her gates unbars,
flinging her increase of light: [Refrain]

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PENTECOST --

Refrain:
Hail thee, festival day!
blest day to be hallowed forever;
day when the Holy Ghost
shone in the world full of grace.

1 Bright and in likeness of fire,
on those who await your appearing,
you whom the Lord had foretold
suddenly, swiftly descend: [Refrain]

2 Forth from the Father you come
with sevenfold mystical offering,
pouring on all human souls
infinite riches of God: [Refrain]

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ALL SEASONS --

3 God the Almighty,the Lord,
the Ruler of earth and the heavens,
guard us from harm without;
cleanse us from evil within: [Refrain]

4 Jesus the health of the world,
enlighten our minds, great Redeemer,
Son of the Father supreme,
only begotten of God: [Refrain]

5 Spirit of life and of power,
now flow in us, fount of our being,
light that enlightens us all,
life that in all may abide: [Refrain]

6 Praise to the giver of good!
O lover and author of concord,
pour out your balm on our days;
order our ways in your peace: [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: All the fair beauty of earth
Title: Hail Thee, Festival Day
Author: Venantius Honorius Fortunatus
Publication Date: 1989
Meter: 79.77 with Refrain
Topic: The Nature of the Church: Born of the Spirit; Christ's Gracious Life: Resurrection and Exaltation; Christian Year: Easter (4 more...)
Source: Trans. from The English Hymnal, 1906, alt.
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Hail thee, festival day
Tune Information
Name: SALVE FESTA DIES
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)
Meter: 79.77 with Refrain
Key: d minor
Key: F Major


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Words for Easter, Ascension, Pentecost and all seasons


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