Thursday, April 14, 2016

At the Lamb's high feast we sing...

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At the Lamb's high feast we sing
praise to our victorious King,

who hath washed us in the tide
flowing from His pierced side;
praise we Him, whose love divine
gives His sacred Blood for wine,
gives His Body for the feast,
Christ the victim, Christ the priest.

Where the Paschal blood is poured,
death's dark angel sheathes his sword;
Israel's hosts triumphant go
through the wave that drowns the foe.
Praise we Christ, whose blood was shed,
Paschal victim, Paschal bread;
with sincerity and love
eat we manna from above.

Mighty victim from on high,
hell's fierce powers beneath Thee lie;
Thou hast conquered in the fight,
Thou hast brought us life and light:
now no more can death appall,
now no more the grave enthrall;
Thou hast opened paradise,
and in Thee Thy saints shall rise.

Easter triumph, Easter joy,
sin alone can this destroy;
from sin's power do Thou set free
souls newborn, O Lord, in Thee.
Hymns of glory and of praise,
Risen Lord, to Thee we raise;
Holy Father, praise to Thee,
with the Spirit, ever be.

 At the Lamb's High Feast we sing. By R Campbell, written in 1849

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Top image: Lamb Victorious, Waldburg-Gebetbuch
Bottom Image: Triumph of Christianity, Gustave Dore

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