Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour

Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour
First-begotten from the dead
Thou alone, our strong Defender
Liftest up Thy people’s head
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Jesus, true and living Bread

Here our humblest homage pay we
Here in loving reverence bow
Here for faith’s discernment pray we
Lest we fail to know Thee now
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou art here, we ask not how

Though the lowliest form doth veil Thee
As of old in Bethlehem
Here as there Thine angels hail Thee
Branch and Flower of Jesse’s stem
Alleluia! Alleluia!
We in worship join with them

Paschal Lamb, Thine offering, finished
Once for all when Thou wast slain
In its fulness undiminished
Shall forever more remain
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Cleansing souls from every stain

Life-imparting, heavenly Manna
Stricken Rock with streaming side
Heaven and earth with loud hosanna
Worship Thee, the Lamb who died
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Risen, ascended, glorified!

 

The words were written  by Dr George Bourne, for St Edmund’s College, Salisbury. The great and stirring tune, “St Helen”, was composed by G. C. Martin who succeeded Stainer as organist at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

This magnificent  — and magnificently appropriate — hymn has been sung at the Great Vigil of Easter at St Mary the Virgin, Arlington, for each of the last 33 years. But, alas, not this year.

 

 

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