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An Easter Hymn by N.T. Wright


Yesterday, I featured the opening chorus from N.T. Wright’s Easter Oratorio, a moving piece that is devotionally meaningful, biblically faithful, and theologically substantial. As I looked through the rest of the oratorio, I discovered the final verse is an appropriate reflection for the celebration of Easter morning that is likewise meaningful and substantial. So, I thought I’d share this Easter Hymn from N.T. Wright:

Ye choirs of new Jerusalem

Your sweetest notes employ

The Paschal victory to hymn

In strains of holy joy.

How Judah’s Lion burst his chains,

And crushed the serpent’s head;

And brought with him, from death’s domains,

The long-imprisoned dead.

From hell’s devouring jaws the prey

Alone our Leader bore;

His ransomed hosts pursue their way

Where he hath gone before.

Triumphant in his glory now

His sceptre ruleth all,

Earth, heaven, and hell before him bow,

And at his footstool fall.

While joyful thus his praise we sing,

His mercy we implore,

Into his palace bright to bring

And keep us evermore.

All glory to the Father be,

All glory to the Son,

All glory, Holy Ghost, to thee,

While endless ages run. Alleluia! Amen.

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