The strife is o'er (William Henry Monk)

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  • (Posted 2016-11-18)   CPDL #41915:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-11-18).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 40 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format. Revised files uploaded 01/02/19.

General Information

Title: The strife is o'er
Composer: William Henry Monk
Tune: Victory
Lyricist: Francis Pott

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 888 with alleluias

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published:

Description: Adapted from Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. The words are a translation of Finita iam sunt proelia.

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Original text and translations

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1  The strife is o'er, the battle done;
Now is the Victor's triumph won;
Now let the song of praise be sung,
'Alleluia!'

2  The powers of death have done their worst,
But Christ their legions hath dispersed;
Let shouts of holy joy outburst,
'Alleluia!'

3  The three sad days have quickly sped;
He rises glorious from the dead;
All glory to our risen Head!
'Alleluia!'


4  He brake the age-bound chains of hell;
The bars from heaven's high portals fell;
Let hymns of praise His triumph tell.
'Alleluia!'

5  Lord, by the stripes which wounded Thee,
From death's dread sting Thy servants free,
That we may live, and sing to Thee,
'Alleluia!'