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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Translated Hymns.
II. “Welcome, happy morning!” (Easter)
By John Ellerton (1826–1893)
 
Venantius Fortunatus, 530–609

“WELCOME, happy morning!” age to age shall say;
Hell to-day is vanquished; Heaven is won to-day!
Lo! the Dead is living, God for evermore!
Him, their true Creator, all His works adore!
“Welcome, happy morning!” age to age shall say.        5
 
Earth with joy confesses, clothing her for Spring,
All good gifts returned with her returning King:
Bloom in every meadow, leaves on every bough,
Speak His sorrows ended, hail His triumph now.
Hell to-day is vanquished; Heaven is won to-day!        10
 
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.
“Welcome, happy morning!” age to age shall say.        15
 
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,
Manhood to deliver, manhood didst put on.
Hell to-day is vanquished; Heaven is won to-day!        20
 
Thou of Life the Author, death didst undergo,
Trod the path of darkness, saving strength to show;
Come, then, True and Faithful, now fulfil Thy word;
’Tis Thine own Third Morning! rise, O buried Lord!
“Welcome, happy morning!” age to age shall say.        25
 
Loose the souls long prisoned, bound with Satan’s chain;
All that is now fallen raise to life again;
Show Thy face in brightness, bid the nations see;
Bring again our daylight: day returns with Thee!
Hell to-day is vanquished; Heaven is won to-day!        30
 
 
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