Welcome, Happy Morning!

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Melody - "Sei du mir gegrüßet", from the Enchiridion, Lübeck, 1545; Seq. by Richard Jordan
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Venantius Fortunatus, c. 590, tr. by John Ellerton, 1868
Left: from the 1916 Episcopal Hymnal
Right: from the 1941 Lutheran Hymnal (the melody fits this one)

Welcome, happy morning! age to age shall say:
Hell to-day is vanquished, heaven is won to-day!
Lo! the Dead is living, God for evermore
Him their true Creator, all his works adore!
Welcome, happy morning! age to age shall say.

2. Earth her joy confesses, clothing her for spring,
All fresh gifts returned with her returning King:
Bloom in every meadow, leaves on every bough,
Speak his sorrow ended, hail his triumph now.
Hell to-day is vanquished, heaven is won to-day!

3. Months in due succession, days of lengthening light,
Hours and passing moments praise thee in their flight.
Brightness of the morning, sky and fields and sea,
Vanquisher of darkness, bring their praise to thee.
Welcome, happy morning! age to age shall say.

4. Maker and Redeemer, life and health of all,
Thou from heaven beholding human nature's fall,
Of the Father's Godhead true and only Son,
Manhood to deliver, manhood didst put on.
Hell to-day is vanquished, heaven is won to-day!

5. Thou, of life the Author, death didst undergo,
Tread the path of darkness, saving strength to show;
Come then, True and Faithful, now fulfill thy word,
'Tis thine own third morning! rise, O buried Lord!
Welcome, happy morning! age to age shall say.

6. Loose the souls long prisoned, bound with Satan's chain:
All that now is fallen raise to life again;
Show thy face in brightness, bid the nations see;
Bring again our daylight: day returns with thee!
Hell to-day is vanquished, heaven is won to-day.

Welcome, happy morning! Age to age shall say;
Hell today is vanquished, heaven is won today!
Lo, the Dead is living, God forevermore!
Him, their true Creator, all His works adore.
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Welcome, happy morning! age to age shall say;
Hell today is vanquished, heaven is won today!

2. Earth with joy confesses, clothing her for spring,
All good gifts returned with her returning King.
Bloom in every meadow, leaves on every bough,
Speak His sorrows ended, hail His triumph now.
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3. Months in due succession, days of lengthening light,
Hours and passing moments, praise Thee in their flight;
Brightness of the morning, sky and fields and sea,
Vanquisher of darkness, bring their praise to Thee.
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4. Maker and Redeemer, Life and Health of all,
Thou from heaven beholding human nature's fall,
Of the Father's Godhead, true and only Son.
Manhood to deliver manhood didst put on.
Refrain:

5. Thou, of life the Author, death didst undergo,
Tread the path of darkness, saving strength to show.
Come, then, True and Faithful, now fulfil Thy word;
'Tis Thine own third morning--rise, O buried Lord!
Refrain:

6. Loose the souls long prisoned, bound with Satan's chain;
All that now is fallen raise to life again.
Show Thy face in brightness, bid the nations see;
Bring again our daylight; day returns with Thee.
Refrain:

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