450. Hail Thee, Festival Day

Hail thee, festival day!
Blest day to be hallowed for ever;
Day when our Lord was raised,
Breaking the kingdom of death.

1 All the fair beauty of earth
From the death of the winter arising!
Ev'ry good gift of the year
Now with its Master returns: [Refrain]

2 Rise from the grave now, O Lord,
The Author of life and creation.
Treading the pathway of death,
New life you give to us all: [Refrain]

3 He who was nailed to the cross
Is Ruler and Lord of all people.
All things created on earth
Sing to the glory of God: [Refrain]

4 Daily the loveliness grows,
Adorned with the glory of blossom;
Heaven her gates unbars,
Flinging her increase of light: [Refrain]

5 Bright in the likeness of fire,
On those who await his appearing,
He whom the Lord had foretold,
Suddenly, swiftly descends: [Refrain]

6 Forth from the Father he comes
With sevenfold mystical off'ring,
Pouring on all human souls
infinite riches of God: [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: All the fair beauty of earth
Title: Hail Thee, Festival Day
Author: Venantius Honorius Fortunatus, ca. 530-609
Refrain First Line: Hail thee, festival day!
Language: English
Publication Date: 2003
Topic: Resurrection; Sunday, the Lord's Day
Source: Tr. composite
Tune Information
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958
Meter: 77 77 with refrain
Key: F Major or modal

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