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 A Hymn for Easter – “Thine be the glory”

 

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son;

endless is the victory, thou o'er death hast won;

angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,

kept the folded grave clothes where thy body lay.

 

Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son,

Endless is the victory, thou o'er death hast won.

 

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;

Lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;

let the Church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing;

for her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting.

 

Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son,

Endless is the victory, thou o'er death hast won.

 

No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life;

life is naught without thee; aid us in our strife;

make us more than conquerors, through thy deathless love:

bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above.

 

Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son,

Endless is the victory, thou o'er death hast won.

 

words: Edmond Budry (1854-1932), tr. Richard Hoyle (1875-1939)
music: ‘Judas Maccabaeus’, George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

 

Edmond Budry was a Swiss hymn writer, and today is well known for writing the original French lyrics to the hymn "Thine Be the Glory" ("À toi la gloire"). For most of his working life, Budry was the pastor of the Free Church in the Swiss town of Vevey. Besides writing original hymns, he translated German, English, and Latin lyrics into French.

JUDAS MACCABEUS is an arrangement of a tune initially used by Handel in his oratorio ‘Joshua’ (1747). He later transferred it to ‘Judas Maccabeus’ in 1751 for "See, the Conquering Hero Comes."

“This hymn perfectly displays the glory and brilliance of Christ’s resurrection. The first stanza discusses the power of the resurrection, the second verse tells Christ’s people to shed their doubt now that Christ has conquered the grave, the third verse tells us to quench our fear now that the Prince of peace reigns. The powerful lyrics and the universally-liked tune no doubt led to the hymns’ enormous popularity.” (hymnary.org)

 

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