~ attributed to Wipo of Burgundy (995? - 1948?)
tr. The English Hymnal, 1906
Christians, to the Paschal victim
offer your thankful praises!
A lamb the sheep redeemeth:
Christ, who only is sinless,
reconcileth sinners to the Father.
Death and life have contended
in that combat stupendous:
the Prince of life, who died,
Speak, Mary, declaring
what thou sawest, wayfaring:
"The tomb of Christ, who is living,
the glory of Jesus' resurrection;
Bright angels attesting,
the shroud and napkin resting.
Yea, Christ my hope is arisen;
to Galilee he will go before you."
Christ indeed from death is risen,
our new life obtaining;
have mercy victor King, ever reigning!
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We sang this during communion Easter Sunday. I couldn't find a good recording in English, but here's a nice Latin version:
And here's a luscious improvisation on the organ: