Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days. John 2:19
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).
If you know where to get a good picture of Pott (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?
The strife is o’er, the battle done;
The victory of life is won;
The song of triumph has begun: Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
The powers of death have done their worst;
But Christ their legions hath dispersed;
Let shouts of holy joy outburst: Alleluia!
The three sad days are quickly sped;
He rises glorious from the dead;
All glory to our risen Head! Alleluia!
He closed the yawning gates of hell;
The bars from heaven’s high portals fell;
Let hymns of praise His triumphs tell! Alleluia!
Lord, by the stripes which wounded Thee,
From death’s dread sting Thy servants free,
That we may live, and sing to Thee: Alleluia!