Jesus Christ is risen, The feast, good Christians, therefore keep

Jesus Christ is risen, The feast, good Christians, therefore keep

Paraphraser: George Ratcliffe Woodward
Tune: [Christ, the Lord is risen!] (111712)
Published in 2 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Jesus Christ is risen:
The feast, good Christians, therefore keep;
The Lamb has bled to save the sheep
Christ innocent, our ransom paid,
Mankind and God at one hath made:
Alleluya, Alleluya.

2 Jesus Christ is risen:
Speak, Mary Magdalen, and say
What sawest thou upon the way?
'I saw the grave, and there adored
The glory of the risen Lord':
Alleluya, Alleluya.

3 Jesus Christ is risen:
'Within the grave on either hand
I saw a white-robed angel stand;
My Saviour Christ, my hope, my stay,
Hath risen from the tomb today':
Alleluya, Alleluya.

4 Jesus Christ is risen:
We know for certain, truth to tell,
That Christ arose from death and hell;
And while thy Paschal song we sing,
Have pity on us, Victor-king:
Alleluya, Alleluya.

Source: The New English Hymnal #111

Paraphraser: George Ratcliffe Woodward

Educated at Caius College in Cambridge, England, George R. Woodward (b. Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, 1848; d. Highgate, London, England, 1934) was ordained in the Church of England in 1874. He served in six parishes in London, Norfolk, and Suffolk. He was a gifted linguist and translator of a large number of hymns from Greek, Latin, and German. But Woodward's theory of translation was a rigid one–he held that the translation ought to reproduce the meter and rhyme scheme of the original as well as its contents. This practice did not always produce singable hymns; his translations are therefore used more often today as valuable resources than as congregational hymns. With Charles Wood he published three series of The Cowley Carol Book (19… Go to person page >

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First Line: Jesus Christ is risen, The feast, good Christians, therefore keep
Paraphraser: George Ratcliffe Woodward
Meter: 68.888 and Alleluyas
Source: Victimae Paschali
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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