The Strife is O'er, the Battle Done

Melody - "Victory" Giovanni P. Palestrina 1591 (1525-1594)

from the Latin 1695, by Francis Pott, 1832-1900

1. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
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.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
Finita iam sunt proelia,
Est parta iam victoria:
Gaudeamus et canamus,

Post fata mortis barbara
Devicit Jesus tartara:
Applaudamus et psallamus,

Surrexit die tertia
Caelesti clarus gratia
Insonemus et cantemus,

Sunt clausa stygis ostia
Et caeli patent atria:
Gaudeamus et petamus,

Per tua, Jesu, vulnera
Nos mala morte libera,
Ut vivamus et canamus,
Alleluia. Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

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