Christ is risen! Christ is risen!

Christ is risen! Christ is risen! He hath burst His bonds in twain

Author: Archer T. Gurney
Tune: RESURREXIT (Sullivan)
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1 Christ is risen! Christ is risen!
He hath burst His bonds in twain;
Christ is risen! Christ is risen!
Alleluia! swell the strain!
For our gain He suffered loss
By divine decree.
He hath died upon the cross
But our God is He.
Christ is risen! Christ is risen!
He hath burst His bonds in twain;
Christ is risen! Christ is risen!
Alleluia! swell the strain!

2 See, the chains of death are broken;
Earth below and heaven above
Joy in each amazing token
Of His rising, Lord of love;
He for evermore shall reign
By the Father's side,
Till he comes to earth again
Comes to claim His bride.
Christ is risen! Christ is risen!
He hath burst His bonds in twain;
Christ is risen! Christ is risen!
Alleluia! swell the strain!

3 Glorious angels downward thronging
Hail the Lord of all the skies;
Heaven, with joy and holy longing
For the Word incarnate, cries,
!Christ is risen! Earth, rejoice!
Gleam, ye starry train!
All creation, find a voice:
He o'er all shall reign."
Christ is risen! Christ is risen!
He hath burst His bonds in twain;
Christ is risen! Christ is risen!
O'er the universe to reign.

Amen.

The Hymnal: revised and enlarged as adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892

Author: Archer T. Gurney

Gurney, Archer Thompson, was born in 1820, and educated for the legal profession. He was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple, but in 1849 he entered Holy Orders. He held several appointments, including the Curacy of Buckingham, 1854-58; the Chaplaincy of the Court Church, Paris, 1858-71, and other charges. He died at Bath, March 21, 1887. His published works include:— Spring, 1853; Songs of the Present, 1854; The Ode of Peace, 1855; Songs of Early Summer, 1856; and A Book of Praise, 1862. To the Book of Praise he contributed 147 hymns. Very few of these are known beyond his own collection. He is widely known through his Easter hymn “Christ is risen, Christ is risen." His "Memory of the blest departed" (SS. Philip and James) is in t… Go to person page >

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First Line: Christ is risen! Christ is risen! He hath burst His bonds in twain
Title: Christ is risen! Christ is risen!
Author: Archer T. Gurney
Meter: Irregular

Notes

Christ is risen! Christ is risen! He hath burst, &c. A. T. Gurney. [Easter.] First published in his collection A Book of Praise, &c, 1862, No. 119, in 3 stanzas of 12 lines. It is in common use in three forms:—
1. The original, which is seldom found outside the author's Collection.
2. The text as in Church Hymns, 1871, No. 132. In the Church Times of Feb. 19, 1875, the author denounces this arrangement, whilst in the folio edition of Church Hymns. 1881, Mr. Ellerton (one of the editors) allows that “The variations in this hymn amount to an almost complete recasting of it. The fine conception of the hymn was grievously marred by faulty execution, and sincere thanks are due to the author for permitting his original to be so daringly manipulated" (p. xlii.). This text has been introduced into American use through the Church Praise Book, N. Y., 1882.
3. The text as in Hymns Ancient & Modern 1875, No. 138. Against this also the author complains in the same letter to the Church Times. It also has been introduced into American common use. It was given in Laudes Domini, N. Y., 1884.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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