735. O Sons and Daughters of the King

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

1 O sons and daughters of the King,
Whom heavenly hosts in glory sing,
Today the grave has 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 sat and spoke unto the three,
"Your Lord is gone to Galilee."

4 That night the apostles met in fear;
Amidst them came their Lord most dear
And said, "Peace be unto you here."

5 When Thomas afterwards had heard
That Jesus had fulfilled his word,
He doubted if it were the Lord.

6 "Thomas, behold my side," said he,
"My hands, my feet, my body see,
And doubt not, but believe in me."

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

8 Blessed are they that have not seen
And yet whose faith has constant been;
In life eternal they shall reign.

9 On this most holy day of days,
To God your hearts and voices raise
In laud and jubilee and praise.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Text Information
First Line: O sons and daughters of the King
Title: O Sons and Daughters of the King
Translator: John Mason Neale, 1818-66 (alt.)
Meter: 8 8 8 with alleluia
Publication Date: 1969
Topic: The Christian Year: Eastertide
Source: 16th-century Latin carol
Notes: Latin: O filii et filiae
Tune Information
Meter: 8 8 8 with alleluia
Key: F Major
Source: 15th-century French tune, Mode II

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