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
|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|
|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.)|
|Refrain First Line:||Hail thee, festival day!|
|Copyright:||Sts. 1, 2-E, 3-6, refrains: © 1978 "Lutheran Book of Worship"|