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Come, ye faithful, raise the strain – St John Damascene

First line:
Come, ye faithful, raise the strain
NEH 219
author of text
NEH 106
translator of text
NEH 106

This is not so much a hymn for Easter as one that celebrates the whole of the saving work of God, envisaged from before Creation, displayed first in the deliverance of Israel from Egypt, carried out on the Cross, proclaimed in Resurrection and Ascension. The Church needs such hymns that speak of this work as ‘for us and our redemption’ but which concentrate on what God has done regardless of our feelings about it. The very fact that we want to sing this exultant hymn about that work shows that we are in fact responding, without needing to emphasize our feelings. It is the work of St John of Damascus, one of the great school of Greek hymn-writers whose huge cycles of hymns are almost unknown to us. The translation is the work of J M Neale who introduced us to many of these great hymns.

In a long life A H Brown wrote many hymn tunes. This tune first appeared in the appendix to the first edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1868.

from notes by Alan Luff © 2002


The English Hymn, Vol. 3 - Hills of the north, rejoice
CDP12103Archive Service


Track 13 on CDP12103 [3'09] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDP12103 track 13

Recording date
19 June 2002
Recording venue
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. The English Hymn, Vol. 3 - Hills of the north, rejoice (CDP12103)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: September 2002
    Deletion date: September 2016
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