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Hail, Festal day (Easter)

Refrain.
Hail, festal day! to endless ages known,
when Christ, o'er death victorious, gained his throne.


1. Now with Lord, of new and heavenly birth,
his gifts return to grace the springing earth.

Refrain.
Hail, festal day! to endless ages known,
when Christ, o'er death victorious, gained his throne.


2. He reigns supreme, who died the death of shame,
and all created things adore his Name.

Refrain.
Hail, festal day! to endless ages known,
when Christ, o'er death victorious, gained his throne.


3. Fulfill thy promise, King of love, we pray!
The third morn brightens, rise and come away.

Refrain.
Hail, festal day! to endless ages known,
when Christ, o'er death victorious, gained his throne.


4. No moldering tomb shall hold thee in repose;
no stone the ransom of the world enclose.

Refrain.
Hail, festal day! to endless ages known,
when Christ, o'er death victorious, gained his throne.


5. Who holdest all things in thy hollowed hand,
no rocky barrier can before thee stand.

Refrain.
Hail, festal day! to endless ages known,
when Christ, o'er death victorious, gained his throne.


6. Cast off the grave-clothes; let them there remain:
come forth to us, our All, our only gain.

Refrain.
Hail, festal day! to endless ages known,
when Christ, o'er death victorious, gained his throne.


7. Creator, Fount of life, thou know'st the grave:
and thence returning thou art strong to save.

Refrain.
Hail, festal day! to endless ages known,
when Christ, o'er death victorious, gained his throne.


8. Light of the world, show us thy face once more
the day that died with thee, today restore.

Refrain.
Hail, festal day! to endless ages known,
when Christ, o'er death victorious, gained his throne.


9. A countless people, from death's fetters free,
own thee Redeemer, join and follow thee

Refrain.
Hail, festal day! to endless ages known,
when Christ, o'er death victorious, gained his throne.


10. The shades of death are pierced, his laws undone,
and trembling chaos flees the rising Sun.

Refrain.
Hail, festal day! to endless ages known,
when Christ, o'er death victorious, gained his throne.



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