149. Light's glittering morn bedecks the sky

1 Light's glittering morn bedecks the sky;
heaven thunders forth its victor-cry:
The glad earth shouts her triumph high,
and groaning hell makes wild reply:

2 While he, the King, the mighty King,
despoiling death of all its sting,
and trampling down the powers of night,
brings forth his ransomed saints to light:

3 His tomb of late the threefold guard
of watch and stone and seal had barred;
but now, in pomp and triumph high,
he comes from death to victory:

4 The pains of hell are loosed at last,
the days of mourning now are past;
an angel robed in light hath said,
'The Lord is risen from the dead':

5 O bitter the apostles' pain
for their dear lord so lately slain,
by rebel servants doomed to die
a death of cruel agony:

6 With gentle voice the angel gave
the women tidings at the grave:
'Fear not, your Master shall ye see;
he goes before to Galilee':

7 Then, hastening on their eager way
the joyful tidings to convey,
their Lord they met, their living Lord,
and falling at his feet adored:

8 His faithful followers with speed
to Galilee forthwith proceed,
that there once more they may behold
the Lord's dear face, as he foretold:

9 That Eastertide with joy was bright,
the sun shone out with fairer light,
when, to their longing eyes restored,
the glad apostles saw their Lord:

2 He bade them see his hands, his side,
where yet the glorious wounds abide;
the tokens true which made it plain
their Lord indeed was risen again:

3 Jesu, the King of gentleness,
do thou thyself our hearts possess,
that we may give thee all our days
the tribute of our grateful praise:

[To be sung at the end of any part or of the whole hymn]
12 O Lord of all, with us abide
in this our joyful Eastertide;
from every weapon death can wield
thine own redeemed for ever shield:

13 All praise be thine, O risen Lord,
from death to endless life restore;
all praise to God the Father be
and Holy Ghost eternally:

Text Information
First Line: Light's glittering morn bedecks the sky
Translator: J. M. Neale, 1818-1866
Meter: 88 44 88 and Alleluias
Language: English
Publication Date: 2000
Scripture: ; ; ;
Topic: Easter; Easter IV: Year B; Easter IV: Year C
Source: Latin, 4th cent
Tune Information
Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958
Meter: 88 44 88 and Alleluias
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Easter hymn in Geistliche Kirchengesang Cologne, 1623
Copyright: Arrangement © Oxford University Press from "The English Hymnal"

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