1 That Easter day with joy was bright;
the sun shone out with fairer light
when, to their longing eyes restored,
the apostles saw their risen Lord.
2 He bade them see his hands, his side,
where yet the glorious wounds abide,
the tokens true which made it plain
their Lord indeed was risen again.
3 From every weapon death can wield,
your own redeemed forever shield;
O Lord of all, with us abide
in this our joyful Eastertide.
|First Line:||That Easter day with joy was bright|
|Title:||That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright|
|Translator:||John Mason Neale (1852, alt.)|
|Scripture:||Matthew 28:9; Luke 24:34; John 20|
|Topic:||Christian Year: Easter Vigil; Christian Year: Resurrection/Easter; Jesus Christ: Resurrection1 more...|
|Source:||Latin hymn, 5th cent.|
|Name:||PUER NOBIS NASCITUR|
|Adapter:||Michael Praetorius (1609)|
|Source:||Trier ms., 15th cent.|
|Notes:||(alternate harmonization, 67)|
These Eastertide stanzas are derived from a longer Latin text that was one of the earliest hymns written especially for a season of the church year. They are set here to a tune with Christmas associations, a means of linking the two great festivals of the Christian year.
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