Scripture Verse

Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days. John 2:19


Giovanni P. da Palestrina (1525–1594)

Words: Un­known au­thor, pos­si­bly 12th Cen­tu­ry (Fi­ni­ta jam sunt prae­lia). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Fran­cis Pott, Hymns Fit­ted to the Or­der of Com­mon Pray­er, 1861.

Music: Vic­to­ry (Pa­les­tri­na) Gio­van­ni P. da Pa­les­tri­na, Mag­ni­fi­cat Ter­tii To­ni, 1591. Ar­ranged by Will­iam H. Monk, 1861 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Pott (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

William H. Monk (1823–1889)


The strife is o’er, the bat­tle done;
The vic­to­ry of life is won;
The song of tri­umph has begun: Al­le­lu­ia!


Alleluia! Al­le­lu­ia! Al­le­lu­ia!

The pow­ers of death have done their worst;
But Christ their le­gions hath dis­persed;
Let shouts of ho­ly joy out­burst: Al­le­lu­ia!


The three sad days are quick­ly sped;
He rises glo­ri­ous from the dead;
All glo­ry to our ris­en head! Al­le­lu­ia!


He closed the yawn­ing gates of hell;
The bars from Hea­ven’s high por­tals fell;
Let hymns of praise His tri­umphs tell! Al­le­lu­ia!


Lord, by the stripes which wound­ed Thee,
From death’s dread sting Thy ser­vants free,
That we may live, and sing to Thee: Al­le­lu­ia!