Browsing through the Rev. Patrick Comerford’s recent Easter blog entries, I discovered that NT Wright has written Six Easter Hymns as part of the Libretto for Paul Spicer’s Easter Oratorio. (see also: here and here for more about Paul Spicer and the Oratorio.)
Easter Hymn 6, by NT Wright
Ye choirs of new Jerusalem
Your sweetest notes employ,
The Paschal victory to hymn
In strains of holy joy.
How Judah’s Lion burst his chains,
And crushed the serpent’s head;
And brought with him, from death’s domains,
The long-imprisoned dead.
From hell’s devouring jaws the prey
Alone our Leader bore;
His ransomed hosts pursue their way
Where he hath gone before.
Triumphant in his glory now
His sceptre ruleth all,
Earth, heaven, and hell before him bow,
And at his footstool fall.
While joyful thus his praise we sing,
His mercy we implore,
Into his palace bright to bring
And keep us evermore.
All glory to the Father be,
All glory to the Son,
All glory, Holy Ghost, to thee,
While endless ages run. Alleluia! Amen.
There is more background information and links and pictures at the Rev. Patrick Comerford’s blog.
UPDATE: the hymn posted above is a slightly revised version of a 1000-year-old hymn by Fulbert of Chartres. You can see that version at the Cyber Hymnal.