Sunday, April 4, 2010

My favourite Easter hymn....

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

The strife is o'er, the battle done,
The victory of life is won,
The song of triumph has begun,

The powers of Death have done their worst,
But Christ their legions hath dispersed,
Let shout of holy joy outburst,

The three sad days are quickly sped,
He rises glorious from the dead,
All honour to our risen Head,

He closed the yawning gates of Hell,
The bars from Heaven's high portals fell,
Let hymns of praise his triumphs tell,

Lord, by the stripes that wounded thee,
From death's dread chains thy people free,
That we may live and sing to thee,

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

- Unknown 12th century author, translated by William Pott (1861)

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