Come, ye faithful, raise the strain


Come, ye faithful, raise the strain
of triumphant gladness!
God hath brought his Israel
into joy from sadness:
loosed from Pharoah's bitter yoke
Jacob's sons and daughters,
led them with unmoistened foot
through the Red Sea waters.

'Tis the spring of souls today:
Christ hath burst his prison,
and from three days' sleep in death
as a sun hath risen;
all the winter of our sins,
long and dark, is flying
from his light, to whom we give
laud and praise undying.

Now the queen of seasons, bright
with the day of splendor,
with the royal feast of feasts,
comes its joy to render;
comes to glad Jerusalem,
who with true affection
welcomes in unwearied strains
Jesus' resurrection.

Neither might the gates of death,
nor the tomb's dark portal,
nor the watchers, nor the seal
hold thee as a mortal:
but today amidst the twelve
thou didst stand, bestowing
that thy peace which evermore
passeth human knowing.

Alleluia now we cry
to our King Immortal,
who triumphant burst the bars
of the tomb's dark portal;
alleluia, with the Son
God the Father praising;
alleluia yet again
to the Spirit raising.


Words: John of Damascus (ca. 675-749), 750;
trans. John Mason Neale (1818-1866), 1853

MIDI: St. Kevin (Arthur Sullivan, 1872)

Meter: 76 76 D

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874 291 St. John Damascene  
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868       
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins) 554 St. Kevin  
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874 135 St. Kevin  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924 133 St. John Damascene  
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879      
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington) 110 St. Kevin  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker) 110 St. Kevin  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins) 110 Rex regum, St. Kevin  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau) 110 Regina  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein) 110 St. Kevin  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter) 110 St. John Damascene, St. Kevin  
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903 165 St. Kevin  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904 151 St. John Damascene  
The English Hymnal, 1906 131 Ave virgo virginum  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908 168 St. John Damascene, St. Kevin  
The Hymnal 1916 170 St. Kevin  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919      
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
119 St. Kevin  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925 105 Martyrs  
Songs of Praise, 1925 091 Ave virgo virginum  
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931 144 Ave virgo virginum  
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 165 Ave virgo virginum, St. Kevin  
The Hymnal 1940 094 Gaudeamus pariter, St. Kevin  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950 133 St. John Damascene  
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 131 Gaudeamus pariter, St. John Damascene  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965      
The Hymn Book 1971 464 Ave virgo virginum, Carol  
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 278 Ave virgo virginum  
The Hymnal 1982 200 Gaudeamus pariter, St. Kevin  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983 076 St. John Damascene  
The New English Hymnal, 1985 106 Ave virgo virginum  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 160 Tempus adest floridum
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 100 Ave virgo virginum, St. John Damascene  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998 215 Ave virgo virginum  
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999      
Sing Glory, 1999      
Complete Mission Praise, 2000      
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 143 Ave virgo virginum, St. John Damascene  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 132 Ave virgo virginum, St. John Damascene  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 262 Ave virgo virginum, St. John Damascene  

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