Scripture Verse

Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. Revelation 2:10

Introduction

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Joseph the Hymnographer
?–883

Words: Jo­seph the Hym­no­gra­pher, 9th Cen­tu­ry (Των ίερων άθ­λό­φο­ρων). Trans­lat­ed from Greek to Eng­lish by John M. Neale, 1862, alt.

Music: Tem­pus Ad­est Flo­ri­dum 13th Cen­tu­ry spring carol. First pub­lished in the Swe­dish Pi­ae Can­ti­on­es, 1582 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John M. Neale
1818–1866

Lyrics

Let us now our voices raise,
Wake the day with gladness;
God Himself to joy and praise
Turns our human sadness;
Joy that martyrs won their crown,
Opened heav’ns bright portal,
When they laid the mortal down
For the life immortal.

Never flinched they from the flame,
From the torment never;
Vain the tyrant’s sharpest aim,
Vain each fierce endeavor:
For by faith they saw the land
Decked in all its glory,
Where triumphant now they stand
With the victor’s story.

Up and follow, Christian men!
Press through toil and sorrow;
Spurn the night of fear, and then,
O the glorious morrow!
Who will venture on the strife;
Who will first begin it?
Who will grasp the land of life?
Warriors, up and win it!