1 Angels come on joyous pinion,
Down the Heav’n’s melodious stair;
Triumphing o’er death’s dominion,
Up to this our lower air.
Christ has risen! Christ has risen!
And hath burst the sepulcher.
2 All in vain, the posted station
Of the armèd soldiery,
All in vain, the faithless nation
Set the seal and watches nigh;
Ye need not fear, ye need not fear,
None can reach where He doth lie!
3 He Himself, from sleep awaking,
Who spontaneous bore the gloom,
Through the seals, and without breaking,
Hath come forth and left the tomb;
Death could not hold, death could not hold
Him born of a virgin’s womb.
4 Lord, with Thee in daily dying
May we die, and with Thee rise;
And on earth, ourselves denying,
Lift our hearts unto the skies,
To sing our God, to sing our God,
Three in One, sole Good and Wise.
Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8602
Adeste, Coelitum chori. Nicholas le Tourneaux. [Easter.] In the revised Paris Breviary, 1736, this hymn was for the Ferial Office at Matins (Sundays included) in Eastertide, beginning on Low Sunday and continuing to the Feast of the Ascension, and is marked with the initials "N. T." It is also used in like manner in the Lyons and other modern French Breviaries. The Paris Breviary text was reprinted in Card. Newman's Hymni Ecclesiae, 1838 and 1865, and J. Chandler's Hymns of the Primitive Church, 1837, No, 68. [Rev. W. A. Shoults, B. D.]
Translations in common use:—
#1. Angels, come on joyous pinion. By I. Williams, first published in his Hymns translated from the Paris Breviary, 1839, p. 128, in 6 stanzas of 6 lines. In 1851 it was given, somewhat altered, by Dr. Rorison in his Hymns and Anthems, No. 81. In the Anglican Hymn Book, 2nd edition, 1871, No. 152, it is altered to "Come, once more with songs descending."
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)