(I can’t resist reposting this even though I’ve posted it in other years. I need these words this Easter Morn! Look for new Easter devotional entries beginning Monday.)
For this morning’s Easter musical selection, I’m choosing one of my favorite classic hymns:
The Strife is O’er performed by the Truro Cathedral Choir.
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This version appears on the 2009 album Easter Joy, with 51 hymns and songs by assorted artists.
Here is a pretty close version of the lyrics (there are a few minor differences)
The strife is o’er, the battle done;
Now is the Victor’s triumph won;
Now be the song of praise begun.
2. Death’s mightiest powers have done their worst,
And Jesus hath His foes dispersed;
Let shouts of praise and joy outburst.
3. On the third morn He rose again
Glorious in majesty to reign;
Oh, let us swell the joyful strain!
4. He closed the yawning gates of hell;
The bars from heaven’s high portals fell.
Let songs of praise His triumph tell.
5. Lord, by the stripes which wounded Thee.
From death’s dread sting Thy servants free
That we may live and sing to Thee.