A Poor Brother's Hymnal
Monday, March 06, 2006
  Verbun Supernum Prodiens: O Heavenly Word

Version I
O heavenly Word, Eternal Light,
Begotten of the Father's Might,
Who in these latter days art born
For succour to a world forlorn.

2. Our hearts enlighten from above,
And kindle with Thine own true love,
That we, who hear Thy call today,
May cast earth's vanities away.

3. And when as Judge Thou drawest nigh
The secrets of our hearts to try,
When sinners meet their awful doom,
And Saints attain their heavenly home;

4. O let us not, for evil past,
Be driven from Thy Face at last,
But with the blessed evermore
Behold Thee, love Thee, and adore.

5. To God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit, Three in One,
Praise, honor, might and glory be
From age to age eternally.




Version II
O heavenly Word, eternal Light,
Begotten of the Father's might,
Who in these latter days wast born
For blessing to a world forlorn;

Pour light opon us from a bove
And fire our hearts with arden love,
That as we hear thy truth today,
All wrong desires may burn away.

And when, as Judge, thou srawest night
The secrets of our hearts to try,
To recompense each hidden sin
And bid the saints their reign begin;

O let us not, for evil past, Be driven from Thy face at last,
But with Thy saints forevermore
Behold Thee, love Thee, and adore.

To God the Father and the Son,
And God the Spirit, ever One,
Praise, honor, might and glory be
From age to age eternally.


Verbum supernum prodiens
Nec Patris linquens dexteram,
Ad opus suum exiens,
Venit ad vitae vesperam.

The Word descending from above,
without leaving the right hand of His Father,
and going forth to do His work,
reached the evening of His life.

In mortem a discipulo
Suis tradendus aemulis,
Prius in vitae ferculo
Se tradidit discipulis.

When about to be given over
to his enemies by one of his
disciples, to suffer death, He
first gave Himself to His
disciples as the Bread of Life.

Quibus sub bina specie
Carnem dedit et sanguinem;
Ut duplicis substantiae
Totum cibaret hominem.

Under a twofold appearance
He gave them His Flesh and His Blood;
that He might thus wholly feed us
made up of a twofold substance.

Se nascens dedit socium,
Convescens in edulium,
Se moriens in pretium,
Se regnans dat in praemium.

By His birth He gave Himself as our companion;
at the Last Supper He gave Himself as our food;
dying on the Cross He gave Himself as our ransom;
reigning in heaven He gives Himself as our reward.

O salutaris hostia,
Quae coeli pandis ostium,
Bella premunt hostilia,
Da robur, fer auxilium.

O saving victim, who throws open
the gate of heaven,
the attacks of bitter enemies oppress us;
give us strength, bring us aid.

Uni trinoque Domino
Sit sempiternal gloria:
Qui vitam sine termino
Nobis donet in patria. Amen.

Eternal glory be to God,
one in three Persons:
may He give us life forever
in our heavenly home. Amen.

 
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