Welcome, happy morning

"Welcome, happy morning!"
age to age shall say:
hell today is vanquished,
heaven is won today!
Lo! the dead is living,
God for evermore!
Him their true Creator,
all his works adore!

Earth her joy confesses,
clothing her for spring,
all fresh gifts return
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!

Words: Fortunatus, (ca. 535-600);
trans. John Ellerton (1826-1893), 1868

MIDI: Fortunatus (Arthur S. Sullivan, 1872)

Meter: 65 65 D

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874      
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) 563 Fortunatus  
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874 131 Salve festa dies (Brown-Borthwick), Fortunatus  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924 497 Salve festa dies (Barnby)  
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879      
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890 207 Hermas  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington) 109 Fortunatus  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker) 109 Fortunatus  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins) 109 Fortunatus, Welcome happy morning  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau) 109 Knox, Welcome (Cornell)  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein) 109 Fortunatus  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter) 109 Salve festa dies (Calkin)  
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903 177 Fortunatus  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904      
The English Hymnal, 1906      
The Book of Common Praise, 1908 171 Hermas, Welcome happy morning  
The Hymnal 1916 169 Fortunatus  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917 331, Children's 79 Fortunatus, Pascha, Hermas  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919      
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
112 Salve festa dies (Calkin)  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925      
Songs of Praise, 1925      
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931      
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 168 Hermas  
The Hymnal 1940 087 Fortunatus, Laus tibi Christe  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950      
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 145 Salve festa dies (Barnby)  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 195 Lyle Road  
The Hymn Book 1971 462 Laus tibi Christe  
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977      
The Hymnal 1982 179 Fortunatus, Laus tibi Christe  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983      
The New English Hymnal, 1985      
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 166 Noël nouvelet  
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996      
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998      
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999      
Sing Glory, 1999      
Complete Mission Praise, 2000      
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000      
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000      

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