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Now Let the Heavens Be Joyful

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1 Now let the heav'ns be joyful,
Let earth her song begin,
The round world keep high triumph,
And all that is therein.
He is risen! He is risen!
Christ the Lord is risen!
Our joy shall have no end.

2 From death to life eternal,
From earth on to the sky,
Our Christ has brought us over
With hymns of victory.
He is risen! He is risen!
Christ the Lord is risen!
Our joy shall have no end.

3 Let all things seen and unseen
Their notes of gladness blend,
For Christ the Lord is risen;
Our joy shall have no end.
He is risen! He is risen!
Christ the Lord is risen!
Our joy shall have no end.

Source: Worship Supplement 2000 #730

Author: St. John of Damascus

John of Damascus, St. The last but one of the Fathers of the Greek Church, and the greatest of her poets (Neale). He was of a good family in Damascus, and educated by the elder Cosmas in company with his foster-brother Cosmas the Melodist (q. v.). He held some office under the Caliph. He afterwards retired to the laura of St. Sabas, near Jerusalem, along with his foster-brother. There he composed his theological works and his hymns. He was ordained priest of the church of Jerusalem late in life. He lived to extreme old age, dying on the 4th December, the day on which he is commemorated in the Greek calendar, either in his 84th or 100th year (circa 780). He was called, for some unknown reason, Mansur, by his enemies. His fame as a theologian… Go to person page >

Translator: J. M. Neale

Neale, John Mason, D.D., was born in Conduit Street, London, on Jan. 24, 1818. He inherited intellectual power on both sides: his father, the Rev. Cornelius Neale, having been Senior Wrangler, Second Chancellor's Medallist, and Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, and his mother being the daughter of John Mason Good, a man of considerable learning. Both father and mother are said to have been "very pronounced Evangelicals." The father died in 1823, and the boy's early training was entirely under the direction of his mother, his deep attachment for whom is shown by the fact that, not long before his death, he wrote of her as "a mother to whom I owe more than I can express." He was educated at Sherborne Grammar School, and was afterwards… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Now let the heavens be joyful
Title: Now Let the Heavens Be Joyful
Author: St. John of Damascus
Translator: J. M. Neale
Meter: 7.6.7.6 with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: He is risen! He is risen!
Copyright: Public Domain

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