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165. Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain

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 his light, to whom we give
laud and praise undying.

3 Now the queen of seasons, bright
with the day of splendour,
with the royal feast of feasts,
comes its joy to render;
comes to gladden faithful hearts,
who with true affection
welcome 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 him as a mortal:
for today amid his own
he now stands, bestowing
God's true peace which evermore
passes human knowing.

Text Information
First Line: Come, you faithful, raise the strain
Title: Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain
Original Language: Greek
Author: John of Damascus
Translator: John Mason Neale (1859, alt.)
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: The Christian Year: Easter; Biblical Characters: Jacob's Sons; Biblical Characters: Pharoah, Jacob's Sons (23 more...)
Tune Information
Name: AVE VIRGO VIRGINUM
Composer: Johann Horn (1544)
Adapter: J. Leisentritt (1584)
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D
Key: F Major



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