An Easter Hymn

Come, ye faithful, raise the strain of triumphant gladness;

God hath brought forth Israel into joy from sadness;

loosed from Pharaoh’s bitter yoke Jacob’s sons and daughters,

led them with unmoistened foot through the Red Sea waters.

‘Tis the spring of souls today; Christ hath burst his prison,

and from three days’ sleep in death as a sun hath risen;

all the winter of our sins, long and dark, is flying from his light,

to whom we give laud and praise undying.

Neither might the gates of death, nor the tomb’s dark portal,

nor the watchers, nor the seal hold thee as a mortal;

but today amidst the twelve thou didst stand, bestowing

that thy peace which evermore passeth human knowing.

“Alleluia!” now we cry to our King immortal,

who, triumphant, burst the bars of the tomb’s dark portal;

“Alleluia!” with the Son, God the Father praising,

“Alleluia!” yet again to the Spirit raising.

I love old hymns.  If you know any goodies, share below!

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