Resurrection Relief, Worms Cathedral, Worms, Germany
Image in the Public Domain
Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1982, of The Episcopal Church
The original Latin words date to the 400s, but the English translation is the one in The Hymnal 1940, of The Episcopal Church. One of the perks of being an Episcopalian is using a hymnal that contains truly ancient hymns.
1. That Easter day with joy was bright,
the sun shone out with fairer light,
when, to their longing eyes restored,
the apostles saw their risen Lord.
2. His risen flesh with radiance glowed;
his wounded hands and feet he showed;
those scars their solemn witness gave
that Christ was risen from the grave.
3. O Jesus, King of gentleness,
do thou thyself our hearts possess
that may give thee all our days
the willing tribute of our praise.
4. O Lord of all, with us abide
in this our joyful Eastertide;
from every weapon death can wield
thine own redeemed for ever shield.
5. All praise, O risen Lord, we give
to thee, who, dead, again, dost live;
to God the Father equal praise,
and God the Holy Ghost, we raise.
Ruins of Babylon, 1932
Image Source = Library of Congress
Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1916 (1918), The Episcopal Church
The title of the hymn in the Lutheran Service Book and Hymnal (1958) is “Alleluia, Song of Sweetness.”
Original words date from the 11th Century, in Latin. The English translation is that of John Mason Neale (1818-1866).
The Cooke-Denton translation is here.
1. Alleluia, song of gladness,
Voice of joy that cannot die;
Alleluia is the anthem
Ever dear to choirs on high;
In the house of God abiding
Thus they sing eternally.
2. Alleluia thou resoundest,
True Jerusalem and free;
Alleluia, joyful mother,
All thy children sing with thee;
But by Babylon’s sad waters
Mourning exiles now we are.
3. Alleluia we deserve not
Here to chant for evermore;
Alleluia our transgressions
Make us for a while give o’er;
For the holy time is coming
Bidding us our sins deplore.
4. Therefore in our hymns we pray thee,
Grant us, blessed Trinity,
At the last to keep thine Easter
In our home beyond the sky;
There to thee for ever singing