351. Come, ye faithful, raise the anthem

1 Come, ye faithful, raise the anthem,
Cleave the skies with shouts of praise;
Sing to him who found the ransom,
Ancient of eternal days,
God eternal, Word incarnate,
Whom the heaven of heaven obeys.

2 Ere he raised the lofty mountains,
Formed the sea, or built the sky,
Love eternal, free, and boundless,
Forced the Lord of life to die,
Lifted up the Prince of princes
On the throne of Calvary.

3 Now on those eternal mountains
Stands the sapphire throne, all bright,
With the ceaseless alleluias
Which they raise, the sons of light;
Sion's people tell his praises,
Victor after hard-won fight.

4 Bring your harps, and bring your incense,
Sweep the string and pour the lay;
Let the earth proclaim his wonders,
King of that celestial day;
He the Lamb once slain is worthy,
Who was dead, and lives for ay.

5 Laud and honour to the Father,
Laud and honour to the Son,
Laud and honour to the Spirit,
Ever Three and ever One,
One in love, and One in splendour,
While unending ages run. Amen.

Text Information
First Line: Come, ye faithful, raise the anthem
Author: Job Hupton, 1762-1849
Author: J. M. Neale, 1818-66
Meter: 87 87 87
Language: English
Publication Date: 1986
Topic: Eastertide; Ascensiontide
Tune Information
Composer (descant): A. H.
Meter: 87 87 87
Key: C Major
Source: "Unser Herrscher" in Alpha and Omega by Joachim Neander, 1650-80
Copyright: Descant by permission of Canterbury Press Norwich

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