Scripture Verse

I [am] He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore. Revelation 1:18


John Ellerton (1826–1893)

Words: Ve­nan­ti­us For­tu­na­tus, cir­ca 590 (Sal­ve, fes­ta di­es). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by John El­ler­ton, 1868.

Music: For­tu­na­tus Ar­thur S. Sul­li­van, in The Hym­na­ry, by Jo­seph Barn­by, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

Arthur S. Sullivan (1842–1900)


Welcome, happy morn­ing!
Age to age shall say:
Hell to­day is van­quished,
Heav’n is won to­day!

Lo! the dead is liv­ing,
God for­ev­er­more!
Him, their true cre­at­or,
All His works ad­ore!


Welcome, hap­py morn­ing!
Age to age shall say.

Earth her joy con­fess­es,
Clothing her for spring,
All fresh gifts re­turned with
Her re­turn­ing king:
Bloom in ev­ery mea­dow,
Leaves on ev­ery bough,
Speak His sor­row end­ed,
Hail His tri­umph now.


Months in due suc­cession,
Days of length­en­ing light,
Hours and pass­ing mo­ments
Praise Thee in their flight.
Brightness of the morn­ing,
Sky and fields and sea,
Vanquisher of dark­ness,
Bring their praise to Thee.


Maker and Re­deem­er,
Life and health of all,
Thou from Hea­ven be­hold­ing
Human na­ture’s fall,
Of the Fa­ther’s God­head
True and on­ly Son,
Mankind to de­li­ver,
Manhood didst put on.


Thou, of life the Au­thor,
Death didst un­dergo,
Tread the path of dark­ness,
Saving strength to show;
Come, then True and Faith­ful,
Now ful­fill Thy Word;
’Tis Thine own third morn­ing;
Rise, O bur­ied Lord!


Loose the souls long pri­soned,
Bound with Sa­tan’s chain;
All that now is fall­en
Raise to life again;
Show Thy face in bright­ness,
Bid the na­tions see;
Bring again our day­light:
Day re­turns with Thee!