John of Damascus, c. 750, translated by John Neale, 186x?
The day of resurrection,|
Earth, tell it out abroad,
The Passover of gladness,
The Passover of God.
From death to life eternal,
From this world to the sky,*
Our Christ hath brought us over
With hymns of victory.
2. Our hearts be pure from evil|
That we may see aright
The Lord in rays eternal
And, listening to His accents,
May hear, so calm and plain,
His own "All hail!" and, hearing,
May raise the victor strain.
3. Now let the heavens be joyful,|
Let earth her song begin,
Let all the world keep triumph**
And all that is therein.
Let all things, seen and unseen,
Their notes of gladness blend;***
For Christ the Lord hath risen,
Our joy, that hath no end.
* From earth unto the sky
** The round world keep high triumph
*** Their notes together blend
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