The High Feast

Below are two traditional arrangements of a genuine Easter feasting hymn.  The original Latin is old and anonymous; but the English is brought to us by Robert Campbell (1849).  The first tune  (called “Sonne der Gerechtigkeit”) adds alleluia‘s between stanzas, and is sung mostly in Lutheran churches.  The second tune (“Salzburg”) was harmonized by Bach and is sung widely among Anglicans and Catholics.

At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing

At the Lamb’s high feast we sing
praise to our victorious King,
who has washed us in the tide
flowing from his wounded side

Praise we Christ, whose love divine
gives his sacred blood for wine,
gives his body for the feast –
Christ the victim, Christ the priest

Where the paschal blood is poured
death’s dread angel sheathes the sword;
Israel’s hosts triumphant go
through the wave that whelms the foe

Praise we Christ, whose blood was shed,
paschal victim, paschal bread;
with sincerity and love
eat we manna from above

Mighty victim from the sky,
hell’s fierce powers beneath you lie;
you have conquered in the fight,
you have brought us life and light

Now no more can death appall,
now no more the grave enthrall;
You have opened paradise,
and your saints in you shall rise

Easter triumph, Easter joy,
these alone can sin destroy!
From sin’s power, Lord, set us free,
new-born souls in you to be

Father, who the crown shall give;
Savior, by whose death we live;
Spirit, guide through all our days;
Three in One, your name we praise



About middlingpoet

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