Jesus Christ Is Risen Today, Alleluia!

This is the text as it appears in  Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867):

Jesus Christ is risen to-day, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once, upon the Cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the Cross and Grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save, Alleluia!

But the pains which He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s King, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing, Alleluia!

Words: Latin hymn, 14th C.; tr. Lyra Davidica, 1708, alt.
Tune:Easter Hymn” from the Lyra Davidica, 1708.
Meter: 7.7.7.7 plus Alleluias

This closing doxology from Charles Wesley (1740) is frequently added to the end of this hymn:

Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
Praise eternal as His love, Alleluia!
Praise Him, all you heavenly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Alleluia!

This hymn appears in the following form in Reginald Heber’s “Hymns Written and Adapted to the Weekly Church Service of the Year.” The text is more or less the same with minor differences, although authorship is attributed there to Reginald Heber:

Jesus Christ is risen to-day, —Hallelujah!
Our triumphant holiday! —Hallelujah!
Who so lately on the cross —Hallelujah!
Suffer’d to redeem our loss. —Hallelujah!

Hymns of praises let us sing —Hallelujah!
Unto Christ our Heavenly king, —Hallelujah!
Who endured the cross and grave —Hallelujah!
Sinners to redeem and save! —Hallelujah!

For the pains which He endured —Hallelujah!
Our salvation have secured. —Hallelujah!
Now He reigns above the sky —Hallelujah!
Where the Angels ever cry —Hallelujah!

This is the text of the hymn as it appeared in John Chandler’s 1837 Hymns of the Primitive Church:

Jesus Christ is risen to-day,
Our triumphant holiday:
Who did once, upon the cross
Suffer to redeem our loss.
Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing
Unto Christ, our heavenly King;
Who endured the cross and grave,
Sinners to redeem and save.
Alleluia!

But the pain which he endured
Our salvation hath secured;
Now above the sky he’s King,
Where the angels ever sing.
Alleluia!

The original Latin text of this hymn may be found here.

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