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3 Vain the stone, the watch, the seal
Christ hath burst the gates of hell !
Christ hath opened Paradise ! 4. Lives again our glorious King :
Where, O Death, is now thy sting?
Where thy victory, O Grave ?
Praise to Thee by both be given !
HALLELUJAH ! Hallelujah!
Hence with sadness :
Earth is singing,
Sing we lauding,
Hence with sadness :
That our living
7. M. Neale. (tr.) 109. Ad regias Agni dapes. Ат
the Lamb's high feast we sing Praise to our victorious King, Who hath washed us in the tide Flowing from His piercèd side ; Praise we Him, whose love divine Gives His guests His Blood for wine, Gives His Body for the feast; Christ the Victim, Christ the Priest. Where the Paschal Blood is poured, Death's dark angel sheathes his sword ; Israel's hosts triumphant go Through the wave that drowns the foe. Praise we Christ, Whose Blood was shed, Paschal Victim, Paschal Bread ; With sincerity and love Eat the Manna from above.
3 Risen now no more to die,
Hell's fierce powers beneath Thee lie;
4 Easter triumph, Easter joy
Sin alone can this destroy ;
'Tis the Day of Resurrection !
Earth! tell it out abroad !
The Passover of God !
From earth unto the sky,
With hymns of victory.
That we may see aright
And, listening to His accents,
May hear, so calm and plain,
May raise the victor strain ! 3 Now let the heavens be joyful !
Let earth her song begin!
And all that is therein :
Their notes let all things blend;
St.John Damascene. 7. M. Neale. (tr.)
Tell it with a joyful voice;
Let the whole wide earth rejoice:
Christ hath won the victory.
With glad smile and radiant brow:
All His woes are over now,
Sin and pain can vex no more.
Chant our Lord's triumphal lay;
Not one touch of twilight sadness
Dims yon glorious morning ray,
4 He is risen, He is risen!
He hath ope'd the eternal gate :
Risen to a holier state;
On our longing eyes shall stream. 5 Three in One, let all adore Thee,
Saints on earth and saints in heaven;
Who hast all their being given;
1 COME see the place where Jesus lay;
Believe, and cast thy fears away: