Aurora lucis rutilat

An Easter hymn by St. Ambrose
The light of dawn is reddening,
The heavens’ morning praises spring,
The earth exults: “The morning! Hail!”
While hell’s sad dwellers groan and wail.

Our King, the victor in the strife,
When death was smashed apart by life,
Has trampled hell triumphantly
And captive led captivity.

The Lord, whose barricade of stone
The soldiers kept sharp eyes upon
In vict’ry conquers through that gate
And rises forth in pomp and state.

 “The Lord is risen from the dead!”
The splendid angel loudly said.
And hell is evermore left free
To grumble in its misery.

Be this our thought through all life’s days,
Our Easter joy, our Paschal praise:
The grace in which we are reborn
Was won in triumph on that morn.

Jesus, to You let glory rise,
Who vanquished death and won the prize;
With Father and the Spirit blest,
Be endless ages’ praise addressed.

Trans. c. 2013 Kathleen Pluth

3 Replies to “Aurora lucis rutilat”

  1. How absolutely beautiful! By the end, I was singing it to "Jesu Dulcis Memoriae' Thank you!

  2. Kathy, what is the source of the painting of the risen Christ? It is beautiful!

  3. Thanks, Paul I agree! Unfortunately I don't remember where I found it (and would love to know more!)

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