Here’s another 5th-century Latin Easter hymn. The Latin original is a theological-liturgical masterpiece, linking the cross and the liturgy in a most profound way.
Resonances of the Exsultet occur throughout; however, the Exsultet is quite possibly a younger text. And verse 4 is easily recognized as the Communion antiphon for the Easter Vigil and Easter Day.
My translation is below, and here are the Latin original and the translation of J.M. Neale, for comparison.
let all his ransomed people sing—
the Red Sea crossed—to Christ our King.
upon that altar where he died,
and whose bright precious ruby Blood,
have let us live our lives for God.
From that destroying angel’s might,
And saved us in a foreign land
From Pharoah’s dreaded cruel command.
The guiltless Lamb is sacrificed,
Sincerity’s unleavened Bread,
His flesh he offered in our stead.
All hell is torn apart by you.
Your captive people are set free:
Your life, the price of liberty.
The victor from th’abysmal cave,
And binds the tyrant, and restores
The paradisal open doors.
O Jesus, joy of this great Pasch;
then those reborn by grace may be
in Your parade of victory.
whom with the Father we adore