This instrumental arrangement of Joseph Barnby’s Easter hymn begins with the original and, as the top melody is taken over by
other instruments there are various countermelodies, and eventually a twittering of birds.
The original words of the hymn (by Christopher Wordsworth), begin:
1 Alleluia! Alleluia!
Hearts and voices heavenward raise:
Sing to God a hymn of gladness,
Sing to God a hymn of praise:
He, Who on the cross a victim,
For the world’s salvation bled,
Jesus Christ, the King of glory,
Now is risen from the dead.
2 Now the iron bars are broken,
Christ from death to life is born,
Glorious life, and life immortal,
On this holy Easter morn:
Christ has triumphed, and we conquer
By His mighty enterprise,
We with Him to life eternal
By His resurrection rise.