726. Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain

1 Come, you faithful, raise the strain
Of triumphant gladness!
God has brought His Israel
Into joy from sadness.
See the spring of souls today:
Christ has burst His prison
And from three days' sleep in death
As a sun has risen.

2 All the winter of our sins,
Long and dark, is flying
From His light, to Whom we give
Laud and praise undying.
Neither could the gates of death
Nor the tomb's dark portal
Nor the watchers nor the seal
Hold Him as a mortal.

3 But today among His own
Christ appeared, bestowing
Blessed peace, which evermore
Passes human knowing.
Come, you faithful, raise the strain
Of triumphant gladness!
God has brought His Israel
Into joy from sadness.

Text Information
First Line: Come, you faithful, raise the strain
Title: Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain
Original Language: Greek
Author: John of Damascus, c. 696-c. 754
Translator: John M. Neale, 1818-66 (adapt.)
Meter: 76 76 Trochaic
Language: English
Publication Date: 2007
Topic: Easter
Tune Information
Name: GAUDEAMUS PARITER
Composer: Johann Horn, c. 1490-1547
Meter: 76 76 Trochaic
Key: F Major
Copyright: Setting © 1969 Concordia Publishing House



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