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 the throne.
4 Blessed is Jesus Christ, who came
with messages of grace,
who came in God the Father's name
to save our sinful race.
5 Hosanna in the highest strains
the Church on earth can raise;
the highest heav'ns, in which he reigns,
shall give him nobler praise.
Source: Christian Worship: Hymnal #922
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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)