19 April 2009

All the Earth With Joy Is Sounding

All the earth with joy is sounding:
Christ has risen from the dead!
He, the greater Jonah bounding
From the grave, His three-day bed,
Wins the prize:
Death's demise -
Songs of triumph fill the skies!

Christ, the devil's might unwinding,
Leaves behind His borrowed tomb,
Stronger He, the strong man binding,
Takes, disarms his house of doom:
In the rout
Casting out
Pow'rs of darkness, sin, and doubt.

Jesus, author of salvation,
Shared in our humanity;
Crowned with radiant exaltation,
Now He shares His victory!
From His face
Shines the grace
Meant for all our fallen race!

Praise the Lord, His reign commences,
Reign of life and liberty -
Paschal Lamb, for our offenses,
Slain and raised to set us free!
Bow before
Christ, the Lord of Life adore!
- Pr. Stephen Starke, LSB 462

1 comment:

simonpotamos said...

And what a fantastic tune as well -- Anglican church music at its best. Herbert Howells dedicated it to his son Michael, who died in childhood a few years later.

I got to know the tune to the words they are normally associated with on this side of the pond, "All my hope on God is founded", which would be great Christian poetry were it not for the absence of any christology!