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   Hymns of the Christian Church.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Greek Hymns
 
The Day of Resurrection
 
St. John of Damascus. Tr. John Mason Neale (circa 780)
 
 
’TIS the day of resurrection,—
  Earth, tell it out abroad,—
The passover of gladness,
  The passover of God.
From death to life eternal,        5
  From this world to the sky,
Our Christ hath brought us over
  With hymns of victory.
 
Our hearts be pure from evil,
  That we may see aright        10
The Lord in rays eternal
  Of resurrection-light,
And, listening to his accents,
  May hear, so calm and plain,
His own “All hail!” and, hearing,        15
  May raise the victor-strain.
 
Now let the heavens be joyful,
  Let earth her song begin,
Let the round world keep triumph
  And all that is therein,        20
Invisible and visible,
  Their notes let all things blend;
For Christ the Lord hath risen,
  Our joy that hath no end.
 

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