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The Strife is
O'er, the Battle Done
The melody for The Strife is O’er, the Battle Done (Victory)
is the resurrection of the Gloria melody from the
Magnificat Tertii Toni
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. Palestrina (c.
1525 – February 1594) was an Italian Renaissance composer of
sacred music and the best-known 16th-century representative of
the Roman School of musical composition. He had a lasting
influence on the development of church music. Palestrina left
hundreds of compositions, including 105 masses, 68 offertories,
at least 140 madrigals and more than 300 motets. In addition,
there are at least 72 hymns, 35 magnificats, 11 litanies, and
four or five sets of lamentations. One of the hallmarks of
Palestrina's music is that dissonances are typically relegated
to the "weak" beats in a measure.
This produced a smoother and more consonant type of
polyphony which is now considered to be definitive of late
The lyrics are by an unknown author, possibly 12th Century
jam sunt praelia);
translated from Latin to English by Francis Pott, and
published in the Hymns Fitted to the
Order of Common Prayer, 1861. Pott (1831-1909)
was educated at Brasenose, College, Oxford, B.A. 1854; M.A.
1857. Taking Holy Orders in 1856 he was curate of Bishopsworth,
Gloucestershire, 1856-8; Ardingly, Berks, 1858-61; Ticehurst,
Sussex, 1861-66; and Rector of Norhill, Ely, 1866.
translated by Francis Pott
The strife is o’er, the battle done;
The victory of life is won;
The song of triumph has begun: Alleluia!
The powers of death have done their
But Christ their legions hath dispersed;
Let shouts of holy joy outburst: Alleluia!
The three sad days are quickly
He rises glorious from the dead;
All glory to our risen Head! Alleluia!
He closed the yawning gates of hell;
The bars from heaven’s high portals fell;
Let hymns of praise His triumphs tell! Alleluia!
Lord, by the stripes which wounded
From death’s dread sting Thy servants free,
That we may live, and sing to Thee: Alleluia!