315. Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain

1 Come, ye faithful, raise the strain
of triumphant gladness;
God hath 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 hath risen.
All the winter of our sins,
long and dark, is flying
from his light, to whom we give
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 glad Jerusalem,
who with true affection
welcomes in unwearied strains
Jesus' resurrection.

4 Neither might the gates of death,
nor the tomb's dark portal,
nor the watchers, nor the seal
hold thee as a mortal:
but today amidst thine own
thou didst stand, bestowing
thine own peace which evermore
passeth human knowing.

Text Information
First Line: Come, ye faithful, raise the strain
Title: Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain
Translator: J. M. Neale (1862)
Author: John of Damascus
Publication Date: 1985
Meter: 7.6.7.6 D
Scripture: Mark 15:46; Exodus 14:22; Matthew 27:66; Mark 4:28; Luke 24:36; John 20:19; John 20:26
Topic: Biblical Characters: Jacob; Biblical Characters: Pharaoh
Source: Greek hymn
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: ST. KEVIN
Composer: Arthur S. Sullivan
Meter: 7.6.7.6 D



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