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Come ye faithful raise the strain




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



All the winter of our sins,
Long and dark, is flying
From His light, to whom we give
Laud and praise undying.
Neither could 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.
Come, ye faithful, raise the strain
Of triumphant gladness;
God hath brought His Israel
Into joy from sadness.


’Tis the spring of souls today;
Christ has burst His prison,
And from three days’ sleep in death
as a sun has 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 splendour,
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 the twelve
Thou didst stand, bestowing
That Thy peace which evermore
passeth human knowing.


“Alleluia!” 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.


---Alternative verses---


Come, ye faithful, raise the strain
of triumphant gladness;
God hath brought His people now
into joy from sadness;
‘Tis the spring of souls to-day;
Christ hath burst His prison,
And from three days’ sleep in death
As a sun hath risen.

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LYRICS
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 750,1853
      Bible Refs: Mt 12:40;
      MUSIC
      Name: AVE VIRGO VIRGINUM (GAUDEARMUS
      Meter: 7 6 7 6 D Trochaic
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1544,1584
        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
        Name meter
        7 6 7 6 D
        7 6 7 6 D
        7 6 7 6 D
        7 6 7 6 D
        7 6 7 6 D
        7 6 7 6 D
        7 6 7 6 D
        7 6 7 6 D
        7 6 7 6 D
        7 6 7 6 D
        8 6 8 6 D (D.C.M.)
        7 6 7 6 D
        7 6 7 6

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