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The strife is o'er

Score and parts for VICTORY arranged for the 5-part brass ensemble (two trumpets, two trombones, French horn) and timpani. Includes descant part. Contents include the score and parts in US letter format.



The hymn tune known as VICTORY is adapted from the Gloria Patri of Palestrina's late 16th C Magnificat Tertii Toni. It dawned on English language hymnody in an arrangement by William Henry Monk in Hymns Ancient and Modern (1861), and was set to a translation by Francis Pott of a derivation of the 17th C. Latin hymn, Fi­ni­ta jam sunt prael­ia. The antiphonal alleluias are Monk's invention. Each verse is a couplet of a doctrinal statement and a response, e.g. "The powers of death have done their worst, but Christ their legions hath dispersed" is followed by the response, "let shout of holy joy outburst, Alleluia."


101 More Hymn Stories, Kenneth Osbeck, Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, 1985

History of Hymns (UMC Discipleship Ministries)


2023 v. 5.7.8 (current)

  • Minor voice leading edits
  • Typographic / style updates
  • Dramatically re-engineered audioclip

2021 v. 5.7.7

  • Minor voice leading edits
  • Music updated to revised house style (legibility)

Previous editions

2020 v 5.7.6

  • Minor change to harmonization in v. 5

2020 v 5.7.5

  • Change to verse 3 (removed brass)
  • Minor changes to horn in v. 4
  • Major change to harmonization in v. 5

2019 v 5.5.1

  • Change to prologue (shorter brass introduction)
  • Minor changes to brass in final Alleluias
  • Added score in both concert pitch and transposed

2018 v 5.3.1

  • Changes to brass ensemble Prologue and Verse 4
  • Corrected voice leading errors in organ part
  • Corrected pagination issues
  • Added part for French horn in C (no key signature) with accidentals


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

The strife is o'er, the battle done;
the victory of life is won;
the song of triumph has begun.

The powers of death have done their worst,
but Christ their legions has dispersed.
Let shouts of holy joy outburst.

The three sad days are quickly sped;
he rises glorious from the dead.
All glory to our risen Head.

4 (Descant, Horn solo)
He closed the yawning gates of hell;
the bars from heaven's high portals fell.
Let hymns of praise his triumph tell.

Lord, by the stripes which wounded thee,
from death's dread sting thy servants free,
that we may live and sing to thee.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

How to bind

Something like this cost $10 at Staples August 2023. (You can order online and check out as guest; you do not need to create an account there.) This is a lie-flat book with letter-sized pages in landscape orientation.

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