O Sons and Daughters of the King

Here is a lovely anthem for the second week of Easter.  Originally composed in 1494 by Jean Tisserand, O.F.M, “O Filii et Filiae” is still sung in Lutheran, Anglican, and Catholic churches during Eastertide.  The original anthem contained 9 verses; but the music and structure of the whole is so grand that tradition has added many more.  Our church sings this anthem on the second Sunday of Easter and includes the additional verses about the confrontation between Doubting Thomas and our Lord.

There are several translations, including a short version by J. M. Neale, but the standard in Catholic liturgies is that of Fr. Edward Caswell.  What makes the anthem is its harmonies and the opening sequence of three Alleluias, which some versions of the hymn also repeat between stanzas. There are excellent organ renditions on Youtube. Here is an a capella version, sung in Latin by the Daughters of Mary.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

O sons and daughters, let us sing!
The King of heaven, the glorious King,
O’er death today rose triumphing.

That Easter morn, at break of day,
The faithful women went their way
To seek the tomb where Jesus lay.

An angel clad in white they see,
Who sat, and spake unto the three,
“Your Lord doth go to Galilee.”

That night the apostles met in fear;
Amidst them came their Lord most dear,
And said, “My peace be on all here.”

On this most holy day of days
To God your hearts and voices raise,
In laud and jubilee and praise.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

~ trans. J. M. Neale


About middlingpoet

From the Gawain poet to Rainer Maria Rilke: I love traditional poetry.
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