The Day of Resurrection

Words:7.6.7.6 D • John of Damascus (c. 750), tr. John M. Neale (1862), alt. Hymns Ancient & Modern (1868), alt.
Music:ELLACOMBE • German melody (18th cent.) from Württemberg Gesangbuch (1784), alt. Gesangbuch Mainz (1833), har. Gesangbuch St Gallen (1863), alt. English Hymnal (1906)

Words

1.

The day of resurrection!
  Earth, tell it out abroad!
The passover of gladness,
  The passover of God!
From death to life eternal,
  From earth unto the sky,
Our Christ has brought us over,
  With hymns of victory!

2.

Our hearts be pure from evil,
  That we may see aright
The Lord in rays eternal
  Of resurrection light;
And, list’ning to His accents,
  May hear, so calm and plain,
His own “All hail!” and hearing,
  May raise the victor strain!

3.

Now let the heav’ns be joyful!
  Let earth her song begin!
Let all the world keep triumph,
  And all that is therein;
Let all things seen and unseen
  Their notes of gladness blend,
For Christ the Lord has risen,
  Our joy that has no end!

Compared to Hymnals

The biggest difference between our version and the one which may appear in your hymnal is that we have chosen to use the tune ELLACOMBE (commonly used with “I Sing the Mighty Power of God”) instead of LANCASHIRE (commonly used with “Lead On, O King Eternal”).

Additionally, we made a couple of small adjustments to the wording: we changed “hath” to “has” for clarity and we changed “Let the round world keep triumph” to “Let all the world keep triumph” to better fit the poetic meter.

  No. Words Music
Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs n/a
Songs of Faith and Praise 297 Uses original archaic English;
Uses original “Let the round world” instead of “Let all the world” in vs 3
Uses LANCASHIRE
Praise for the Lord 625 Uses original archaic English;
Uses original “Let the round world” instead of “Let all the world” in vs 3
Uses LANCASHIRE
Hymns for Worship (Revised) n/a
Songs of the Church n/a
Sacred Selections n/a
Christian Hymns No. 2 n/a
Great Songs of the Church No. 2 n/a

Sources

Words

Music

  • The English Hymnal with Tunes (1906)

References

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Through [Jesus] let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.
— Hebrews 13:15