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Ye choirs of New Jerusalem – St Fulbert

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Ye choirs of New Jerusalem
NEH 124
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This triumphant Easter hymn was used in the monasteries and cathedrals of Britain in the Easter period, and was originally translated in the nineteenth century for the use of dioceses in Scotland. The imagery of the hymn sees the saving work of Jesus as his battle with the devil, portrayed here as the serpent overcome by the lion—both images taken from scripture, as is the idea that Jesus went down into hell to release those imprisoned there. So now Jesus reigns, and we pray to be part of his eternal kingdom. It would be unusual for a modern writer to set the cosmic aspect of the story of our salvation in these terms; we need both these older hymns and attempts to use the new cosmology. But it is important, whatever imagery we use, to make our own the teaching that the Easter victory is for the whole universe.

Gauntlett’s tune, given the name of the author of the words, is now almost universally seen as right for this hymn.

from notes by Alan Luff © 2002


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


Track 14 on CDP12103 [2'47] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDP12103 track 14

Recording date
19 June 2002
Recording venue
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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  1. The English Hymn, Vol. 3 - Hills of the north, rejoice (CDP12103)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: September 2002
    Deletion date: September 2016
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