The strife is o'er, the battle done


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
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 shout of holy joy outburst.
Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The three sad days are quickly sped,
he rises glorious from the dead:
all glory to our risen Head!
Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
He closed the yawning gates of hell,
the bars from heaven's high portals fell;
let hymns of praise his triumphs tell!
Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, 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!


Words: Symphonia Sirenum Selectarum, 1695;
trans. Francis Pott (1832-1909)

MIDI: Victory (first three lines adapted from Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestria, 1525-1594; arranged by William Henry Monk, 1823-1889)

Meter: 888 with Alleluia

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874 114 Victory  
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868 121 Anglican Hymn Book 121 (MacIrone)  
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert) 103 Victory  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau) 103 Victory  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins) 103 Victory  
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874 139 Christendom  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874 185 Victory  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924 135 Victory  
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879      
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890 209 Victory  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington) 121 Victory  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker) 121 Victory  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins) 121 Victory  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau) 121 Victory  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein) 121 Victory  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter) 121 Victory  
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903 176 Victory  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904 148 Victory  
The English Hymnal, 1906 625 Victory  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908 166 O filii et filiae, Victory  
The Hymnal 1916 173 Victory  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917 343 Victory  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919 158 Victory  
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
117 Victory  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925 108 Victory  
Songs of Praise, 1925 096 Gelobt sei Gott (Vulpius), Victory  
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931 147 Victory  
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 163 O filii et filiae, Victory  
The Hymnal 1940 091 Victory  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950 135 Gelobt sei Gott (Vulpius), Victory  
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955 214 Victory  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 142 Gelobt sei Gott (Vulpius), Victory  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 192 Gelobt sei Gott (Vulpius), Victory  
The Hymn Book 1971 468 Gelobt sei Gott (Vulpius), Victory  
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 287 Gelobt sei Gott (Vulpius), The Strife is O'er  
The Hymnal 1982 208 Victory  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983 078 Gelobt sei Gott (Vulpius), Victory  
The New English Hymnal, 1985 119 Victory  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 163 Gelobt sei Gott (Vulpius), Victory  
Church Family Worship, 1988 243 Gelobt sei Gott (Vulpius), Victory  
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 495 Gelobt sei Gott (Vulpius), Victory  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998 367 Victory  
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999 367 Gelobt sei Gott (Vulpius)  
Sing Glory, 1999 416 Gelobt sei Gott (Vulpius), Victory  
Complete Mission Praise, 2000 670 Victory  
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 159 Victory  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 667 Gelobt sei Gott (Vulpius), Victory  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 286 Gelobt sei Gott (Vulpius), Victory  

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