Hail Thee, Festival Day

Representative Text

Hail thee, festival day!
Blest day to be hallowed for ever;
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!
Ev'ry 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]

3 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]

4 Daily the loveliness grows,
Adorned with the glory of blossom;
Heaven her gates unbars,
Flinging her increase of light: [Refrain]

5 Bright in the likeness of fire,
On those who await his appearing,
He whom the Lord had foretold,
Suddenly, swiftly descends: [Refrain]

6 Forth from the Father he comes
With sevenfold mystical off'ring,
Pouring on all human souls
Infinite riches of God: [Refrain]

Source: Journeysongs (3rd ed.) #428

Author: Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus

Venantius Honorius Clematianus Fortunatus (b. Cenada, near Treviso, Italy, c. 530; d. Poitiers, France, 609) was educated at Ravenna and Milan and was converted to the Christian faith at an early age. Legend has it that while a student at Ravenna he contracted a disease of the eye and became nearly blind. But he was miraculously healed after anointing his eyes with oil from a lamp burning before the altar of St. Martin of Tours. In gratitude Fortunatus made a pilgrimage to that saint's shrine in Tours and spent the rest of his life in Gaul (France), at first traveling and composing love songs. He developed a platonic affection for Queen Rhadegonda, joined her Abbey of St. Croix in Poitiers, and became its bishop in 599. His Hymns far all th… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: All the fair beauty of earth (Composite translation)
Title: Hail Thee, Festival Day
Latin Title: Salve, feste dies
Author: Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus
Meter: Irregular
Source: Lutheran Book of Worship sts. 1, 2-E, 2-A, 3-6, refrains, alt. (tr.); The English Hymnal, 1906, st 2-P, alt. (tr.)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Hail thee, festival day!
Publication Date: 2006
Copyright: Sts. 1, 2-E, 3-6, refrains: © 1978 "Lutheran Book of Worship"


SALVE FESTA DIES (Vaughan Williams)

Ralph Vaughan Williams (PHH 316) composed SALVE FESTA DIES as a setting for Venantius H. Fortunatus's (PHH 400) famous text "Hail Thee, Festival Day." The tune, whose title comes from the opening words of that text, was published in The English Hymnal of 1906. Like SINE NOMINE (505), this tune is vi…

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Instances (1 - 9 of 9)

Gather Comprehensive #450

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Journeysongs (2nd ed.) #450

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Journeysongs (3rd ed.) #428

Lutheran Service Book #489

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RitualSong (2nd ed.) #637

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RitualSong #588

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The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #164

Worship (3rd ed.) #444

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Worship (4th ed.) #524

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