237 Let us now our voices raise

The Hymnal 1982 237

Let us now our voices raise

gaudeamus pariter
Joseph the Hymnographer, 9th cent.; John Mason Neale, 1818-1866
Meter D
Tune Source(s)
Songs of Syon>/i>, 1904 (harm.)

1. Let us now our voices raise, wake the day with gladness; God himself to joy and praise turns our human sadness; joy that martyrs won their crown, opened heaven's bright portal, when they laid the mortal down for the life immortal.

2. Never flinched they from the flame, from the torture never; vain the tyrant's sharpest aim, vain each fierce endeavor: for by faith they saw the land decked in all its glory, where triumphant now they stand with the victor's story.

3. Up and follow, Christians all: press through toil and sorrow; turn from fear, and heed the call to a glorious morrow! Who will venture on the strife; who will first begin it? Who will grasp the land of Life? Christians, up and win it!

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