The Easter Song (My Lord He Died for a Kingdom)

My Lord, He died for a Kingdom To redeem the hearts of men.  Now my people, don't you weep. He has risen from His sleep. He lives again, alleluia.  Sing alleluia, the Lord is risen, He is risen indeed, alleluia!  2  My Lord came forth like the morning With the splendour of the sun,  Came triumphant from the womb, From the darkness of the tomb, The victory won, alleluia.  Sing alleluia, the Lord is risen, He is risen indeed, alleluia!   3  My Lord united our mountains With the everlasting hills. Now the seasons and the sea Sing his song of victory, The rocks and rills, alleluia.  Sing alleluia, the Lord is risen, He is risen indeed, alleluia! 4  My Lord renewed all creation That had waited late and long. Now we all with one accord, Live and love the risen Lord.  This is our song, alleluia! Sing alleluia, the Lord is risen, He is risen indeed, alleluia!
This joyous Easter hymn was written by American composer and Medical Mission Sister Miriam Therese Winter (b 1938).

It was originally published in her 1966 recording "I Know the Secret", which was released by Avante Garde Records (ref).

Sheet music for the I Know the Secret collection has been out of print for a long time, but copies are occasionally available on Amazon.

The tune has a 2/2 time signature. When it is set in the key of  D, the first few notes are A A B A F E D B,


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Lyrics

My Lord, He died for a Kingdom
To redeem all human hearts(*).
Now my people, don't you weep.
He has risen from His sleep.
He lives again, alleluia.
Sing alleluia, the Lord is risen,
He is risen indeed, alleluia!

My Lord came forth like the morning
With the splendour of the sun,
Came triumphant from the womb,
From the darkness of the tomb,
The victory won, alleluia.
Sing alleluia, the Lord is risen,
He is risen indeed, alleluia!

My Lord united our mountains
With the everlasting hills.
Now the seasons and the sea
Sing his song of victory,
The rocks and rills, alleluia.
Sing alleluia, the Lord is risen,
He is risen indeed, alleluia!

My Lord renewed all creation
That had waited late and long.
Now we all with one accord,
Live and love the risen Lord.
This is our song, alleluia!
Sing alleluia, the Lord is risen,
He is risen indeed, alleluia!

(*) The original version was "to redeem the hearts of men", but in recent times the inclusive-language phrase shown is usually used.

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2 comments:

  1. Well, fooey on "the inclusive-language phrase"...

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    1. It might not be to your tastes Glenn - but many people do use the alternative, because for many people the word "men" simply does not include "women".

      Also, even though the original author hasn't published an updated version, I'm fairly sure she would make the alteration shown if she did.

      Happy Easter.

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