Come, Ye Thankful People, Come Lyrics
Come, ye faithful, raise the strain of triumphant gladness;
God hath brought forth Israel into joy from sadness;
Loosed from Pharaoh's bitter yoke Jacob's sons and daughters,
Led them with unmoistened foot through the Red Sea waters.
'Tis the spring of souls today; Christ has burst His prison,
And from three days' sleep in death as a sun hath risen;
All the winter of our sins, long and dark, is flying
From His light, to Whom we give laud and praise undying.
Now the queen of seasons, bright with the day of splendor,
With the royal feast of feasts, comes its joy to render;
Comes to glad Jerusalem, who with true affection
Welcomes in unwearied strains Jesus' resurrection.
Neither might the gates of death, nor the tomb's dark portal,
Nor the watchers, nor the seal hold Thee as a mortal;
But today amidst the twelve Thou didst stand, bestowing
That Thy peace which evermore passeth human knowing.
"Alleluia!" now we cry to our King immortal,
Who, triumphant, burst the bars of the tomb's dark portal;
"Alleluia!" with the Son, God the Father praising,
"Alleluia!" yet again to the Spirit raising.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come", George Job Elvey (March 27, 1816-December 9, 1893), was born in Canterbury, England and became famous as a Presbyterian composer and musician. and Church organist at St. George's Chapel, Windsor. Elvey was knighted in 1871 for his Festival March, played at the wedding of Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll who was a daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert..
Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Henry Alford (October 7, 1810 to January 12, 1871)
Nationality of Author: English
Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: George Job Elvey (March 27, 1816 to December 9, 1893)
Hymn Category: Easter Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Come, ye faithful, raise the strain of triumphant gladness; God hath brought forth Israel into joy from sadness"
First Publication Date: 1844