The foe behind, the deep before,
Our hosts have dared and passed the sea;
And Pharaoh’s warriors strew the shore,
And Israel’s ransomed tribes are free.
Lift up, lift up your voices now!
The whole wide world rejoices now!
The Lord hath triumphed gloriously!
The Lord shall reign victoriously!
Into peace and mirth!
O’er the earth!
Watch His earthly prison:
Seals are shattered,
Guards are scattered,
Christ hath risen!
No longer must the mourners weep,
Nor call departed Christians dead;
For death is hallowed into sleep
And every grave becomes a bed.
Now once more
Open stands to mortan eyes;
For Christ hath risen, and men shall rise,
Now at last,
Old things past,
Hope and joy and peace begin:
For Christ has won, and man shall win.
It is not exile, rest on high;
It is not sadness, peace from strife:
To fall asleep is not to die;
To dwell with Christ is better life.
Where our banner leads us,
We may safely go;
Where our Chief precedes us,
We may face the foe.
His right arm is o’er us,
He will guide us through;
Christ hath gone before us:
Christians, follow you!