Death is swallowed up in victory. 1 Corinthians 15:54
Words: Percy Dearmer, in Songs of Praise, enlarged edition, 1931.
Music: Lasst Uns Erfreuen Ausserlesene Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesäng (Cologne, Germany: Peter von Brachel, 1623). Harmony by Ralph Vaughan Williams in The English Hymnal (London: Oxford University Press, 1906), number 519 (🔊 pdf nwc).
Let us rejoice, the fight is won,
Darkness is conquered, death undone,
Life triumphant! Alleluia!
So age to age each nation grows
More like the heart of Him who rose.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Joy comes again! all shall be well,
Friends severed now in Heav’n shall dwell
The end of all our ways is love,
Then rise with Him to things above.
Thou boundless power, Thou God on high,
How could Thy children fear to die?
Joy immortal! Alleluia!
Thy right rewards, Thy love forgives;
We know that our Redeemer lives.