This is the Easter Sequence.
Forth to the paschal Victim, Christians, bring
Your sacrifice of praise:
The Lamb redeems the sheep;
And Christ, the Sinless One,
Hath to the Father sinners reconcil’d.
Together, Death and Life
In a strange conflict strove;
The Prince of Life, who died,
Now lives and reigns.
What thou sawest, Mary, say,
As thou wentest on the way.
I saw the tomb wherein the Living One had lain;
I saw his glory as He rose again;
Napkin and linen clothes, and Angels twain:
Yea, Christ is risen, my hope, and He
Will go before you into Galilee.
We know that Christ indeed has risen from the grave
Hail, thou King of Victory!
Have mercy, Lord, and save.
Words: Wipo of Burgundy, 1039.; tr. Fr. Edward Caswall, 1849.
Music: “Victimae Paschali Laudes” traditonal chant melody for the Paschal Sequence.
The original Latin text may be found here.