The Day Draws On With Golden Light

This hymn is used in multiple breviaries during Eastertide, however the translation below does not conform to any of the original Latin Breviary texts in how it is broken up and therefore I have not listed them here. It is listed in the English Hymnal as the Morning Office Hymn for the Book of Common Prayer from Low Sunday (In Full) until Ascension.

This is the original text of this hymn as it appears in The English Hymnal (1906):


The day draws on with golden light,
Glad songs go echoing through the height,
The broad earth lifts an answering cheer,
The deep makes moan with wailing fear.

For lo, he comes, the mighty King,
To take from death his power and sting,
To trample down his gloomy reign
And break the weary prisoner’s chain.

Enclosed he lay in rocky cell,
With guard of armèd sentinel;
But thence returning, strong and free,
He comes with pomp of jubilee.


The sad Apostles mourn him slain,
Nor hope to see their Lord again;
Their Lord, whom rebel thralls defy,
Arraign, accuse, and doom to die.

But now they put their grief away,
The pains of hell are loosed to-day;
For by the grave, with flashing eyes,
‘Your Lord is risen,’ the Angel cries.

Maker of all, to thee we pray,
Fulfil in us thy joy to-day;
When death assails, grant, Lord, that we
May share thy Paschal victory.

To thee who, dead, again dost live,
All glory, Lord, thy people give;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To Father and to Paraclete. Amen.

Words: Ascr. St. Ambrose, 4th C.; tr. Thomas A. Lacey, 1906.
Tune: “Aurora Lucis Rutilat” Gregorian Chant, Mode VIII, traditional.*
Alternate Tune (The English Hymnal):Solemnis Haec Festivitas” Angers Church melody.

*The English Hymnal gives a chant tone in Mode VIII for Part 1 and a tone in Mode IV for Part 2. I am uncertain where a recording of these tones might be.

The original Latin text of this hymn (Aurora Lucis Ruliat) may be found here.

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