Lyra Davidica

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The Lyra Davidica ("the harp of David"; full title: Lyra Davidica, or a Collection of Divine Songs and Hymns, partly newly composed, partly translated from the High German and Latin Hymns; and set to easy and pleasant tunes) is a collection of hymns by John Baptist Walsh, first published in 1708.[1] The collection was one of many containing hymns translated (mostly) from German, at a time when the Anglican Church was heavily influenced by German evangelical pietism. [2]

One well-known hymn from the collection is the Easter hymn "Jesus Christ Is Risen Today", whose melody is the only one having survived since the original publication in 1708.[3]


  1. ^ Willi Apel, ed. (1969). "Hymn, English". Harvard Dictionary of Music. Harvard UP. pp. 398–99. ISBN 9780674375017.
  2. ^ Davis, John R. (2007). The Victorians and Germany. Peter Lang. p. 43. ISBN 9783039110650.
  3. ^ "Hymns we love singing - Jesus Christ is Risen today". Retrieved 28 March 2016.