487. Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain

1 Come, you faithful, raise the strain
Of triumphant gladness!
God has brought His Israel
Into joy from sadness.
Loosed from Pharoah's bitter yoke
Jacob's sons and daughters,
Led them with unmoistened foot
Through the Red Sea waters.

2 'Tis the spring of souls today:
Christ hath burst His prison,
And from three days' sleep in death
As a sun has risen;
All the winter of our sins,
Long and dark, is flying
From His light, to whom is giv'n
Laud and praise undying.

3 Now the queen of seasons, bright
With the day of splendor,
With the royal feast of feasts,
Comes its joy to render;
Comes to gladden faithful hearts
Which with true affection
Welcomes in unwearied strains
Jesus' resurrection!

4 For today among His own
Christ appeared, bestowing
His deep peace, which evermore
Passes human knowing.
Neither could the gates of death
Nor the tomb's dark portal
Nor the watchers nor the seal
Hold Him as a mortal.

5 Alleluia! Now we cry
To our King immortal,
Who, triumphant, burst the bars
Of the tomb's dark portal.
Come, you faithful, raise the strain
Of triumphant gladness!
God has brought His Israel
Into joy from sadness!

Text Information
First Line: Come, you faithful, raise the strain
Title: Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain
Translator: John Mason Neale, 1818-66
Author: John of Damascus, c. 696-c. 754
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: 76 76 D
Scripture: Exodus 15:1-21; John 20:19-21; Romans 6:9-11
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: GAUDEAMUS PARITER
Composer: Johann Horn, c. 1490-1547
Arranger: Theodore A. Beck, 1929-2003
Meter: 76 76 D
Incipit: 11551 23654 32111
Key: F Major or modal
Copyright: Setting © 1969 Concordia Publishing House



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