Scripture Verse

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. Isaiah 60:1

Introduction

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Vincenzo Righini
(1756–1812)

Words: Mat­thew Bridg­es, Hymns of the Heart (Lon­don: Ri­chard­son & Son, 1848), pages 42–45.

Music: Ri­ghi­ni Vin­cen­zo Ri­ghi­ni (1756–1812) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Bridg­es (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Rise, glorious Conqueror, rise,
Into Thy native skies;
Assume Thy right;
And where in many a fold
The clouds are backward rolled
Pass through those gates of gold,
And reign in light!

Victor o’er death and hell!
Cherubic legions swell!
Thy radiant train;
Praises all heaven inspire;
Each angel sweeps his lyre.
And waves his wings of fire—
Thou Lamb once slain!

Enter, incarnate God!
No feet but Thine have trod
The serpent down:
Blow the full trumpets blow!
Wider your portals throw!
Savior triumphant, go
And take Thy crown!

Lion of Judah! Hail!
And let Thy name prevail
From age to age;
Lord of the rolling years,
Claim for Thine own the spheres,
For Thou hast bought with tears
Thy heritage!

Yet—who are these behind
In numbers more than mind
Can count or say—
Clothed in immortal stoles
Illumining the poles—
A galaxy of souls
In white array?

And then was heard afar
Star answering to star—
Lo! these have come
Followers of Him who gave
His life their lives to save;
And now their palms they wave,
Brought safely home!

O Lord! ascend Thy throne!
For Thou shalt rule alone
Beside Thy Sire,
With the Great Paraclete,
The Three in One complete,
Before whose awful feet
All foes expire!