Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.@Isaiah 60:1
Vincenzo Righini (1756–1812)

Matthew Bridges, 1848.

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

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!

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.