130. O Sons and Daughters of the King

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

1 O sons and daughters of the King,
Whom heav'nly hosts in glory sing,
Today the grave hath lost its sting!

2 That Easter morn, at break of day,
The faithful women went their way
To seek the tomb where Jesus lay.

3 An angel clad in white they see,
Who sits and speaks unto the three,
"Your Lord will go to Galilee."

4 That night the apostles met in fear;
Among them came their master dear
And said, "My Peace be with you here."

5 When Thomas first the tidings heard
That they had seen the risen Lord,
He doubted the disciples' word.

6 "My pierced side, O Thomas, see,
And look upon my hands, my feet;
Not faithless but believing be."

7 No longer Thomas then denied;
He saw the feet, the hands, the side;
"You are my Lord and God!" he cried.

8 How blest are they who have not seen
And yet whose faith has constant been,
For they eternal life shall win.

9 On this most holy day of days
Be laud and jubilee and praise:
To God your hearts and voices raise.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Text Information
First Line: O sons and daughters of the King
Title: O Sons and Daughters of the King
Original Language: Latin
Author (attributed to): Jean Tisserand, d. 1494
Translator: John M. Neale, 1818-66 (alt.)
Refrain First Line: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Meter: 8 8 8 and alleluias
Language: English
Publication Date: 1982
Topic: Easter
Notes: Suggested method of singing: All sing st. 1-3 and 8-9; women and children sing st. 4 and 6; men sing st. 5 and 7; all sing alleluias.
Tune Information
Meter: 8 8 8 and alleluias
Key: F Major
Source: French, 15th cent.
Copyright: Arrangement: Copyright 1969 Concordia Publishing House.

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