O Sons and Daughters
SAB and percussion.
A setting of the medieval hymn O filii et filiae, with texts for both Easter Day and the Second Sunday of Easter (St. Thomas Day).
Exciting, rhythmic, and stirring -- this would also be a great processional.
O sons and daughters, let us sing!
The King of Heaven, the glorious king
O'er death today rose triumphing.
That Easter morn, at break of day,
The faithful women went their way
To seek the tomb where Jesus lay
An angel clad in white they see
Who sat and spake unto the three,
"Your Lord doth go to Galilee,"
That night the apostles met in fear
Amidst them came their Lord most dear
And said, "My peace be on all here."
(When Thomas first the tidings heard
How they had seen the risen Lord
He doubted the disciples' word
"My pierced side, O Thomas see
My hands, my feet, I show to thee,
Not faithless, but believing be,"
How blest are they who have not seen
And yet whose faith has constant been
For they eternal life shall win.
On this most holy day of days
To God your hearts and voices raise
In laud and jubilee and praise,