426. Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain

1 Come, ye faithful, raise the strain
Of triumphant gladness;
God has brought his Israel
Into joy from sadness;
Loosed from Pharoah's bitter yoke
Jacob's sons and daughters;
Led them with unmoistened foot
Through the Red Sea waters.

2 '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 his light, to whom we give
Laud and praise undying.

3 Now the queen of seasons bright
With the day of splendor,
With the royal feast of feasts
Comes its joy to render;
Comes to gladden faithful hearts
Who with true affection
Welcome in unwearied strains
Jesus' resurrection.

4 Neither could the gates of death,
Nor the tomb's dark portal,
Nor the watchers, nor the seal
Hold him as a mortal;
But today amid the twelve
Christ appeared, bestowing
Lasting peace which evermore
Passes human knowing.

5 "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
First Line: Come, ye faithful raise the strain
Title: Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain
Author: St. John of Damascus, 8th cent.
Paraphraser: John M. Neale, 1818-1866 (alt.)
Meter: 76 76 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2003
Scripture: ; ;
Topic: Conversion
Tune Information
Composer: Johann Horn, ca. 1495-1547
Meter: 76 76 D
Key: F Major or modal

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