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Hymn of the Week – Chantons en Cantique et Psaume

This week we worshiped with the church in Paris, and I was delighted to be able to sing a number of songs that I had never heard before. This is one of them.

Chantons en cantique et psaume
De Jésus la royauté ;
Faisons voir de son royaume
La grandeur et la beauté.
Jésus offre à tous les hommes
Son pardon, sa douce paix.
Dans son royaume nous sommes
Pour toujours ses saints sujets.

Contre Christ et son Eglise
Satan ne peut prévaloir ;
Sur le roc elle est assise,
L’enfer n’a plus de pouvoir.
Christ ouvrit pour nous les portes
De la tombe d’un seul mot ;
L’adversaire et ses cohortes
Ont dû cesser leur assaut.

Nous pourtons, hélas ! la tare
De la mort dans notre corps ;
Mais Jésus dit à Lazare,
Mort trois jours : « Lazare, sors ! »
Attendons ce jour ultime :
La terre entendra Jésus
Prononcer ce mot sublime,
Et la mort ne sera plus.

Translation:

Let us sing hymns and psalms
Of Jesus’s royalty;
Let us show the grandeur
And beauty of His kingdom.
Jesus offers to all men
His pardon, his sweet peace.
In his kingdom we are
Forever His holy subjects.

Against Christ and His Church
Satan cannot prevail;
It is sitting on the rock,
Hell has no more power.
Christ opens for us the doors
Of the tomb with a single word;
The adversary and his cohorts
Have had to stop their attack.

Alas! We carry the defect
Of death within our body.
But Jesus said to Lazarus,
Dead for three days, “Lazarus, arise!”
Let us wait for the last day:
The earth will hear Jesus
Speak that sublime word,
And death will be no more.

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