Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain

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Come, you faithful, raise the strain
of triumphant gladness!
God has 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 has burst his prison,
and from three days’ sleep in death
as a sun has risen.
All the winter of our sins,
long and dark, is flying
from the Light, to whom we give
laud and praise undying.
Now the queen of seasons, bright
with the day of splendor,
with the royal feast of feasts,
comes its joy to render;
comes to glad Jerusalem,
who with true affection
welcomes in unwearied strains
Jesus’ resurrection.
Neither could the gates of death,
nor the tomb’s dark portal,
nor the watchers, nor the seal
hold you as a mortal:
but today, among your own,
you appear, bestowing
your deep peace, which evermore
passes 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.

Text Information View on Hymnary

First Line:
Come, ye faithful, raise the strain
Title:
Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain
Greek Title:
Αϊσωμεν, πάντεζ λαοί
Translator:
J. M. Neale
Author:
St. John of Damascus
Meter:
7.6.7.6 D
Language:
English
Copyright:
Public Domain

Tune Information View on Hymnary

Title:
ST. KEVIN (Sullivan)
Composer:
Arthur Sullivan (1872)
Meter:
7.6.7.6
Copyright:
Public Domain