Erschienen ist der herrlich' Tag (Hugo Distler)

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  • (Posted 2017-08-30)  CPDL #46134:     
Editor: Charles Pearson (submitted 2017-08-30).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 274 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: English lyrics: The Glorious Day Has Now Come 'Round
  • (Posted 2017-08-30)  CPDL #46133:       
Editor: Charles Pearson (submitted 2017-08-30).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 276 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:

General Information

Title: Erschienen ist der herrlich' Tag
Composer: Hugo Distler
Lyricist: Nikolaus Herman

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SSA
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: German
Instruments: Mixed ensemble

First published: 1933 in Der Jahrkreis, no. 17

Description: Easter motet, 5 vv. strophic, with instrumental ritornello after and between verses. Independent parts. Choice of instruments ad lib., shown with 2 vns. and vla.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Erschienen ist der herrlich Tag.

English.png English translation

1. The glorious day has now come 'round
for which rejoicing knows no bound:
Christ, our own Lord, in triumph reigns,
all of His enemies in chains.

2. The ancient dragons, sin and death and hell,
all mis'ry, fear and need He has defeated;
Jesus Christ today from death has now returned.

3. He handed death his great defeat,
and life, victorious, owns Him Lord,
destroyed is death and all his pow'r;
Christ now has life returned to flow'r.

4. The sun, the earth, its creatures all,
all things that troubled us before
rejoice today and sing aloud:
the prince of earth has been cut down.

5. And now our joy is justified,
and our own alleluias
ring in praise to Thee, Lord Jesus Christ,
that Thou arose to comfort us.