Come, ye faithful, raise the strain

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Lyricists: St. John of Damascus (8th century);

Translation by John Mason Neale , 1853

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1  Come, ye faithful, raise the strain
Of triumphant gladness;
God hath brought his Israel
Into joy from sadness;
Loosed from Pharaoh's bitter yoke
Jacob's sons and daughters;
Led them with unmoistened foot
through the Red Sea waters.

2  'Tis the spring of souls today;
Christ hath burst His prison,
And from three days' sleep in death,
As a sun hath risen;
All the winter of our sins,
Long and dark, is flying
From His light, to whom we give
Laud and praise undying.

3  Now the queen of seasons, bright
With the day of splendour,
With the royal feast of feasts,
Comes its joy to render;
Comes to glad Jerusalem,
Who with true affection
Welcomes in unwearied strains
Jesu's resurrection.

4  Neither might the gates of death,
Nor the tomb's dark portal,
Nor the watchers, nor the seal
Hold thee as a mortal:
But today amidst the twelve
Thou didst stand, bestowing
That Thy peace, which evermore
Passeth human knowing.

5  Alleuia! now we cry
To our King immortal,
Who, triumphant, burst the bars
Of the tomb's dark portal;
Alleluia! with the Son,
God the Father praising;
Alleluia! yet again
To the Spirit raising.

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