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Once the Angel started back,
When he saw the blood stained door,
Once the sea from Israel fled,
Now our Passover is come,
Dimly shadowed in time past,
Then with hearts and hands made meet,
O thou Victim come from Heaven,
Whom all angel hosts obey,
Thou hast conquered death's dread strifo
Satan and his demon host,
Chained to Thy chariot wheel,
Thou hast dragged from deepest night,
O let this our Paschal joy,
Live forever, like Thy naine;
Save from endless misery,
Glory to the Father give,
To the Spirit and the Son,
Heaven with rosy morn is glowing,
Songs of triumph fill the air, Strains of praise from earth are flowing,
Hell is writhing in despair.
Earth's great king in glory springing,
From the deep sepulchral night, While loud anthems round are ringing,
Leads his saints to life and light.
Unless watch the guard are keeping,
O'er that tomb so still and lone; He who there in death was sleeping,
Bursts the seal, and rends the stone.
" Weep no more! no more be given,
Gushing tears and mournful sighs, For the grave's dark gates are riven,
Christ is risen," the Angel cries.
Be our Paschal joy unending!
And, O Lord, deign Thou to save Contrite souls, that lowly bending,
Pray for life beyond the grave.
Praise the Father, earth and heaven,
Praise the Son who rose this day; To the Spirit laud be given,
Three in One, and One in Three,
Wymn for Ascension Day.
Jesu! Giver of Salvation,
Jesu! all our heart's delight ;
Seen by Faith, though lost to sight Mercy sent Thee, Lord, from Heaven,
Bearer of our sins to be ;
All Thy sons from death to free.
Thou hast burst the bonds infernal;
And the chains of death down trod, Gone in victory eternal,
To the right hand of our God.
Lead us on thy path all beaming,
Be to us our spirit's goal ! Send us joy while tears are streaming
Crown with life, each faithful soul.
Jesu! Thine be power and merit,
Victor king, gone up on high : With the Father and the Spirit,
God through all eternity.