Catholic Hymns (1860)/Easter Hymn (I.)

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For other English-language translations of this work, see Victimae Paschali Laudes.
For other versions of this translation, see Christ the Lord is ris'n to day (Leeson).

Easter Hymn.
Victimæ Paschali laudes.

Christ the Lord is ris'n to-day:
Christians, haste your vows to pay;
Offer ye your praises meet
At the Paschal Victim's feet.
For the sheep the Lamb hath bled,
Sinless in the sinner's stead;
Christ the Lord is ris'n on high,
Now He lives no more to die.

Christ, the victim undefil'd,
Man to God hath reconcil'd;
Whilst in strange and awful strife
Met together Death and Life.
Christians, on this happy day
Haste with joy your vows to pay;
Christ the Lord is ris'n on high,
Now He lives no more to die.

Say, O wond'ring Mary, say,
What thou sawest on thy way?
"I beheld, where Christ had lain,
Empty tomb and angels twain;
I beheld the glory bright
Of the rising Lord of light:
Christ my hope is ris'n again,
Now He lives, and lives to reign."

Christ, who once for sinners bled,
Now the firstborn from the dead,
Thron'd in endless might and power,
Lives and reigns for evermore.
Hail, eternal Hope on high!
Hail, Thou King of victory!
Hail, Thou Prince of life ador'd!
Help and save us, gracious Lord!