Christ is Arisen   3 comments

Resurrection of Christ and Women at the Tomb Fra Angelico

Above:  The Resurrection and the Women at the Tomb, by Fra Angelico

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Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America

Anonymous Latin Text (circa 1100)

Translation (1939) by William Gustave Polack (1890-1950)

This is the oldest German Easter hymn and one of the earliest German hymns of any kind.  According to Wackernagel it is found in four versions in the twelfth century.  The same authority gives seventeen fifteenth-century versions that vary from five lines to eleven stanzas.

–William Gustave Polack, The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal, Second and Revised Edition (1942), page 142

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Christ is arisen

From the grave’s prison.

We now rejoice with gladness;

Christ will end all sadness.

Lord, have mercy.

All our hopes were ended

Had Jesus not ascended

From the grave triumphantly.

For this, Lord Christ, we worship Thee.

Lord, have mercy.

Hallelujah!

Hallelujah!

Hallelujah!

We now rejoice with gladness;

Christ will end all sadness.

Lord, have mercy.

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