Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The Day of Resurrection

Another great, ancient Easter text by John of Damascus (696-754)!  Just think how long Christians have been singing this fine hymn!  Hymns connect us to Christians across the ages of time and remind us that we are part of one indivisible Church and Body of Christ.  The tune LANCASHIRE was composed by Henry T. Smart (1813-79).  Smart was organist of Blackburn parish in the county of Lancashire (northwest England) from 1831-1836.  The tune first appeared in Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship (London, 1866).  (minus the doxological stanza)       "

The day of resurrection!
    Earth, tell it out abroad,
The passover of gladness,
    The passover of God.
From death to life eternal,
    From sin’s dominion free,
Our Christ has brought us over
    With hymns of victory.
Let hearts be purged of evil
    That we may see aright
The Lord in rays eternal
    Of resurrection light
And, list’ning to His accents,
    May hear, so calm and plain,
His own “All hail!” and, hearing,
    May raise the victor strain.
Now let the heav’ns be joyful,
    Let earth its song begin,
Let all the world keep triumph
    And all that is therein.
Let all things, seen and unseen,
    Their notes of gladness blend;
For Christ the Lord has risen,
    Our joy that has no end!
All praise to God the Father,
    All praise to God the Son,
All praise to God the Spirit,
    Eternal Three in One!
Let all the ransomed number
    Fall down before the throne
And honor, pow’r, and glory
    Ascribe to God alone!

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