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This Joyful Eastertide

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1 This joyful Eastertide,
away with sin and sorrow!
My Love, the Crucified,
has sprung to life this morrow:

Refrain:
Had Christ, who once was slain,
not burst His three-day prison,
our faith had been in vain;
but now has Christ arisen,
arisen, arisen;
but now has Christ arisen!

2 Death’s flood has lost its chill
since Jesus crossed the river;
Lover of souls, from ill
my passing soul deliver: [Refrain]

3 My flesh in hope shall rest
and for a season slumber
till trump from east to west
shall wake the dead in number: [Refrain]

Source: Hymns to the Living God #175

Author: George Ratcliffe Woodward

Woodward, George Ratcliffe, M.A. of G. & C. College, Cambridge; B.A. in honours 1872, M.A. 1875. Has held several curacies and two benefices, and is now (1907) Curate of St. Mark's, Marylebone Road, London. He has translated a number of hymns from the German and Latin, which are included in his Songs of Syon, 1904. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)  Go to person page >

Notes

Scripture References;
st. 2 = 1 Cor. 15:51-52
ref. = 1 Cor. 15:14, 20

George R. Woodward (b. Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, 1848; d. Highgate, London, England, 1934) wrote the text of this Easter carol to fit the VRUCHTEN tune. The text expresses the joy Christ's resurrection brings to believers (st. 1); that joy provides a sense of security throughout our lives (st. 2) and gives confidence even in the face of death (st. 3). The hymn was first published in Woodward's Carols for Easter and Ascension (1894), which later became a part of the 1902 edition of his famous Cowley Carol Book.

Educated at Caius College in Cambridge, England, Woodward 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 (1901, 1902, 1919), two editions of Songs of Syon (1904, 1910), An Italian Carol Book (1920), and the Cambridge Carol Book (1924). Much of the unfamiliar music introduced in The English Hymnal (1906) resulted from Woodward's research. He also produced an edition of the Piae Cantiones of 1582 (1910) and published a number of his translations in Hymns of the Greek Church (1922).

Liturgical Use:
Easter season; funerals.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Tune

VRUECHTEN

VRUCHTEN is originally a seventeenth-century Dutch folk tune for the love song "De liefde Voortgebracht." It became a hymn tune in Joachim Oudaen's David' s Psalmen (1685) as a setting for "Hoe groot de vruchten zijn." The tune is distinguished by the melismas that mark the end of stanza lines and b…

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Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #160
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #289
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #415Text
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #161Page Scan
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Hymnal: A Worship Book #276
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #213
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #165
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #509
Hymns to the Living God #175TextPage Scan
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #202TextFlexscoreAudio
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Lutheran Worship #140
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #403Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudio
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Small Church Music #574Audio
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #250
The Cyber Hymnal #6650TextScore
The New Century Hymnal #232TextPage Scan
The New English Hymnal #121TextPage Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #381
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Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #177Text
With One Voice #676TextPage Scan
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Worship (4th ed.) #502
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