Scripture Verse

Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.@John 2:19

Introduction

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Giovanni P. da Palestrina
(1525–1594)

Words: Un­known au­thor, pos­si­bly 12th Cen­tu­ry (Fi­ni­ta jam sunt prae­lia). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Fran­cis Pott, Hymns Fit­ted to the Or­der of Com­mon Pray­er, 1861.

Music: Vic­to­ry (Pa­les­tri­na) Gi­o­van­ni P. da Pa­les­tri­na, Mag­ni­fi­cat Ter­tii To­ni, 1591. Ar­ranged by Will­iam H. Monk, 1861 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William H. Monk
(1823–1889)

Lyrics

The strife is o’er, the battle done;
The victory of life is won;
The song of triumph has begun: Alleluia!

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Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

The powers of death have done their worst;
But Christ their legions hath dispersed;
Let shouts of holy joy outburst: Alleluia!

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The three sad days are quickly sped;
He rises glorious from the dead;
All glory to our risen Head! Alleluia!

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He closed the yawning gates of hell;
The bars from heaven’s high portals fell;
Let hymns of praise His triumphs tell! Alleluia!

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Lord, by the stripes which wounded Thee,
From death’s dread sting Thy servants free,
That we may live, and sing to Thee: Alleluia!

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