Antiphon Between Verses: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
The strife is o’er, the battle done;
The victory of life is won;
The song of triumph has begun:
The powers of death have done their worst;
But Christ their legions hath dispersed;
Let shouts of holy joy outburst:
The three sad days are quickly sped;
He rises glorious from the dead;
All glory to our risen Head!
He closed the yawning gates of hell;
The bars from heaven’s high portals fell;
Let hymns of praise His triumphs tell!
Lord, by the stripes which wounded Thee,
From death’s dread sting Thy servants free,
That we may live, and sing to Thee:
Closing Antiphon: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Words: Latin hymn, author and date unknown; tr. Francis Pott, 1861.
Tune: “Victory” Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, 1591; arr. William H. Monk, 1861.
The original Latin text may be found here.