The Clouds Of Night Are Passed Away

This is a German Easter hymn whose tune is used with the well-known English hymns “All Creatures of Our God and King” and “Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones.” 

The clouds of night are passed away;
[Alleluia!]
Rejoice, Marie, rejoice today;
Alleluia!
The Offspring of thy Virgin womb,
[Alleluia!]
Is risen from the Virgin tomb.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! [Alleluia!]

Death’s arrows keen are knapt in twain;
[Alleluia!]
At Jesu’s feet Death lieth slain:
Alleluia!
Though heaviness endure a night,
[Alleluia!]
Joy cometh with the morning light.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! [Alleluia!]

Christ’s Cross where-on our debts were paid,
[Alleluia!]
His kingly sceptre now is made:
Alleluia!
Rejoice, Marie, rejoice today;
[Alleluia!]
The clouds of night are past away.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! [Alleluia!]

Words: From the Ausserlesene Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesäng, Cologne, Germany, 1623.; tr. G.R. Woodward* (d. 1934).
Tune:Laßt uns erfreuen” from the Ausserlesene Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesäng, Cologne, Germany, 1623.

*The Pius X Hymnal attributes this hymn to G.R. Woodward. The text itself bears a striking resemblance to the 19th Century translation by John Mason Neale Found here.

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

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