See the Conquering Hero Comes

I enjoyed an old movie this week, the 1937 production of The Prisoner of Zenda, and was surprised to hear familiar music accompanying the coronation scene.  It is an Easter hymn that I first sang with my Presbyterian friends, Thine is the Glory, Risen, Conquering Son.  I did not know the melody is from George Fredrick Handel’s Judas Maccabeus, there titled, See the Conquering Hero Comes.

If you like the movie you might also enjoy the film music score.

And here is the King’s College Choir singing the hymn:

The text:

Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son;
Endless is the victory Thou o’er death has won.
Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
Kept the folded grave-clothes where Thy body lay.
Thine is the glory, Risen, conquering Son;
Endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won.
Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
Lovingly He greets us, scatters fear and gloom.
Let His church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
For her Lord now liveth; Death hath lost its sting.
Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son;
Endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won.
No more we doubt Thee, glorious Prince of life!
Life is naught without Thee; Aid us in our strife.
Make us more than conquerors, thro’ Thy deathless love:
Bring us safe thro’ Jordan to Thy home above.
Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son;
Endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won.
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