Scripture Verse

Death is swallowed up in victory.@1 Corinthians 15:54

Introduction

Words: J. C. Mid­dle­ton, in Palm Leaves, ed­it­ed by Will­iam Cooke (New York: Will­iam B. Brad­bu­ry, 1916), num­ber 56.

Music: William H. Cooke (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

Let the song be begun,
For the battle is done,
And the victory won:
And the foe is scattered,
And the prison shattered:
Sing of joy, joy, joy,
And today raise the lay,
Gloria in Excelsis,
Amen! Amen.

They that followed in pain,
Shall now follow to reign,
And the crown shall obtain:
They were sore assaulted,
They shall be exalted,
Sing of rest, rest, rest:
And again, pour the strain,
Gloria in Excelsis,
Amen! Amen!

For the foe never more
Can approach to the shore,
Where the conflict is o’er;
There is joy supernal;
There is life eternal;
Sing of peace, peace, peace;
Earth and skies, bid it rise,
Gloria in Excelsis,
Amen! Amen!

Then be brave, then be true,
Ye despisèd and ye few,
For the crown is for you;
Christ, that went before you;
Spreads His buckler o’er you;
Sing of hope, hope, hope;
And today, raise the lay,
Gloria in Excelsis,
Amen! Amen!