1 This is the day the Lord has made;
He calls the hours His own;
let heav'n rejoice, let earth be glad,
and praise surround the throne.
2 Today he rose and left the dead,
and Satan's empire fell;
today the saints His triumphs spread,
and all His wonders tell.
3 Hosanna to th'anointed King,
to David's holy Son.
help us, O LORD, descend and bring
salvation from Your throne.
4 Blest be the Lord, who comes to us
with messages of grace;
who comes, in God His Father's name,
to save our sinful race.
Source: Hymns to the Living God #178
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This is the day the Lord hath made, He calls the hours His Own. I. Watts. [Easter-day, or Sunday.] First published in his Psalms of David, 1719, p. 309, as a paraphrase of a portion of the 118th Psalm, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "Hosanna; the Lord's Day; or, Christ's Resurrection, and our Salvation." It is in several collections and usually unaltered and unabbreviated. In the Hymnary, 1872, the cento "Behold the tomb its prey restores," is composed of stanza i. new, ii.-iv. from this by Watts, slightly altered, and v. new. It is a successful hymn for Sunday.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)