Author: Albert Knapp (1798-1864) Composer: Philipp Nicolai, 1599 (1556-1608)
1. Praise to Jesus who has risen! Delivered from death’s bond and prison, Appears triumphant God’s own Son Thru the heavens’ spacious arches Resound the joyful songs of gladness, And peace doth glow around God’s throne. Praise Him who ever lives, Who life and comfort gives, Christ the Saviour, And to our God! Death’s dark abode is banished by His conq’ring rod.
2. Thou to whom all is subjected, Art now our Priest and King elected Such power God with Thee has shared! Joyful is Thy lot and glorious; And we Thy host at last victorious, Shall equal glories find prepared. Upon Thy altar, Lord, Thy blood for all was poured For remission; in pureness we Forever free. Thy holy priesthood now shall be.
3. On that resurrection morning, Now free from sorrow, grief and mourning Thy throng shall see Thy heav’nly light. There we’ll see in bliss eternal, Thee, Jesus, Sun of grace supernal, Behold Thy face. O sacred sight! For that new Fatherland Our bodies by Thy hand Shall be transformed; Then we’ll be free. Redeemed by Thee in whom all things renewed shall be.
4. O Thou resurrected Saviour! Look down upon Thy friends with favor Who dwell yet in this earthly vale! Come, Belov’d, that we may meet Thee, And when in joy and love we greet Thee, Thy glory unto us reveal! O blessed shall all be Who are by faith in Thee Resurrected. All who from death To life are brought, sustain their faith, O Son of God!
Special thanks to the Apostolic Christians who diligently labored to keep their rich musical heritage alive when most other denominations forsook it in the challenging battle of changing cultures. Thanks be to those souls who labored to write and compose this treasure of praise, many now only known to GOD!