A Poor Brother's Hymnal
Monday, April 02, 2007
  Come Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain
“As Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Matthew 12:40

John of Damascus (675-749)

Words: John of Da­mas­cus (675-749) (Αισωμεν πάντες Λαοί); trans­lat­ed from Greek to Eng­lish by John M. Neale, 1859.

Music: St. Ke­vin, Ar­thur S. Sul­li­van, 1872 (MI­DI, score). Al­ter­nate tunes:

  • Ave Vir­go Vir­gin­um, Jo­hann Roh, 1544 (MI­DI, score)
  • Chestnut Hill, Will­iam P. Merr­ill, 1895 (MI­DI, score)
  • Spring of Souls, Lud­vig M. Lin­de­man (1812-1887) (MI­DI, score)
  • St. John Damascene, Ar­thur H. Brown, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1861 (MI­DI, score)

Arthur S. Sullivan (1842-1900)

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 has 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.

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 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.

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