Welcome, Happy Morning!

 

From Illuminated Manuscript by Ilyas Basim Khuri Bazzi Rahib, Egypt 1684
From Illuminated Manuscript by Ilyas Basim Khuri Bazzi Rahib, Egypt 1684

“Welcome, happy morning!”
Age to age shall say:
Hell today is vanquished;
Heaven is won today.
Lo! the Dead is living,
God for evermore!
Him, their true Creator,
All his works adore.

Maker and Redeemer,
Life and health of all,
Thou, from heav’n beholding
Human nature’s fall,
Of the Father’s Godhead
True and only Son,
Manhood to deliver,
Manhood didst put on.

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.

Loose the souls long-prisoned,
Bound with Satan’s chain;
Thine that now are fallen
Raise to life again;
Show thy face in brightness,
Bid the nations see;
Bring again our daylight;
Day returns with thee.

~ Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus, ca. 530-609, translated by John Ellerton, 1868

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