A Hymn to Share: # 94 Come, ye faithful raise the strain

I thought of a new feature for the blog while looking at a new (old) addition to my bookshelf. On a recent antique shop visit, I found a darling pocket-sized book of hymns, printed in 1940 for the Episcopal Church. The inside cover has the local parish’s name stamped along with the received date, January 21, 1944. The edges are ragged but the binding is still tight and the pages unsmudged. Here is an Eastertide Hymn:

Come, ye faithful, raise the strain of triumphant gladness; God hath brough 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.

‘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.

Now the queen of seasons, bright with the day of splendor, with the royal feast of feasts, Comes its joy to render; Comes to glad Jerusalem, who with true affection welcomes in unwearied strains Jesus resurrection.

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 thine own thou didst stand bestowing that thy peace which evermore passeth human knowing. Amen

Attributed to St. Jon of Damascus, 8th century.

The whole of the Easter/Pascha/Passover story in one hymn!

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