SHOUT FOR LIFE TO THE DAY
[Hail thee festival day]
Verses by Venantius Honoris Fortunatus
Shout for life to the day,
When Jesus leaped out of the closed grave.
Sing at the top of your voice
Calling the world to rejoice.
1 (A). See the first rains of the year,
From the dryness of summer refreshing.
Every new sign of life,
Now with its Master returns.
2. (B) He who was nailed to the Cross
is Lord and the ruler of nature,
all things created on earth
sing to the glory of God.
3. (A) Gently the greenness returns
Pulsing with the power of new growth.
Heaven’s energy is unleashed
Flinging an increase of life.
4. (B) Rise from the grave now. O Lord,
The author of life and creation.
Treading the pathway of death,
Life you are giving to all.
5. (A) God the Creator, the Lord,
who rules all the earth and the heavens,
guard us from harm from outside,
cleanse us from evil within.
6. (B) Jesus the health of the world,
enlighten our mind, loved Redeemer,
Sent from the Godhead above
endlessly folded in God.
7. (A) Spirit of life and power,
now flow in us, fount of our being.
Light that gives life to all,
Life that does saturate all.
8. (B) Praise to the Giver of good,
You are love and the one Reconciler,
Pour out your generous love.
Order our ways in peace.
Words: Verses: Venantius Honoris Fortunatus (alt.)
Refrain : Ted Witham
Music: Salve Festa Dies, Ralph Vaughan Williams EH 624 or TIS 423
"Jesus leaped out of the closed grave"