Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Victimae Paschali Laudes

Here is a translation of the sequence of Easter. I tried to keep the rhyme-scheme and rhythm of the original Latin; be you the judges of how well I managed.

Christians, to the Paschal Victim
Immolate your praises bright!
Now the Lamb his sheep doth buy;
Christ unto the Father high,
Unstainéd, sinners all doth reunite.
Death and life most wondrously
Battled for the victory;
The Lord of Life once slain,
Living doth reign!
O Mary! tell us, pray,
What saw you on the way?
The grave of Christ, God's living Son,
The glory of the arising One,
The angels from on high,
The shroud and cloth saw I.
Christ my hope has risen, He
Precedes you into Galilee!
We know that Christ has risen
From death, verily;
To us, O Victor-King,
Show thy mercy!
Amen. Alleluia.

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