Monday, April 13, 2009

Happy Easter!

Lent is over at last, and once again, the Alleluia reigns. This translation of one of my favorite Easter hymns, the beautiful Finita Jam Sunt Proelia, is my contribution for Easter week.


Now is the battle o'er and done,
Now is the final triumph won,
All rejoice; lift every voice,
Alleluia, alleluia!

After his death's most cruel fate,
Jesu destroyed the hellish gate,
Lutes, O laud and hands applaud,
Alleluia, alleluia!

Up he arose on the third day,
Blazing with heavenly grace's ray,
Let us play and sing alway,
Alleluia, alleluia!

Hell's gate is closed forevermore,
Thrown open is the heavenly door,
All, rejoice; lift every voice,
Alleluia, alleluia!

Christ, by thy wounds, O may we be
From sin and death forever free;
Living we will sing to thee,
Alleluia, alleluia!

I edit to add that this is actually post number 101, not the last one; who knows how the machine read this before, but apparently there were still one hundred as of April 1! Ah well. Happy Easter, again!

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