Jam desinant suspiria
Hymn for Matins of Christmas Day
Words: Charles Coffin (1676-1749), the Paris Breviary, 1736
English Translations: See Below
Source: Carolo (Charles) Coffin, Hymni Sacri (Paris: Usuum Parisiensium, 1736), pp. 36-38.
Jam desinant suspiria;
Audivit ex alto Deus:
Cli patescunt; en adest
Pxomissa pax mortalibus.
Profunda noctis otia
Clestis abrumpit chorus;
Natumque festo carmine
Annuntiat terris Deum.
Specum sacratam pervigil
Dum turba pastorum subit,
Eamus, & castis pia
Cunis feramus oscula.
At quale nobis panditur
Pręsepe , fnum, fascię,
Parens inops, infans puer.
Tu-ne ille, Christe, filius
Et splendor ęterni Patris?
Illum-ne cerno qui levi
Orbem pugillo sustinet?
Sic est : verenda queis lates
Fides penetrat nubila:
Agnosco quem proni vident,
Tremunt, adorant Angeli.
Agis magistrum vel tacens:
Ex hac cathedra nos doces
Vitare quod carni placet,
Caro quod horret perpeti.
Castos amores nutriens,
Sanans tumentes spiritus,
Divine, nostris, ō Puer,
Qui natus es de Virgine,
Jesu, tibi sit gloria
Cum Patre ,cumque Spiritu
In sempiterna secula. Amen.
Note from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology. Second Revised Edition with New Supplement. (1892, 1907), pp. 576-577.
Jam desinant suspiria. C. Coffin. [Christmas.] The hymn for Matins of Christmas Day in the Paris Breviary, 1736; and again in his Hymni Sacri, 1736, p. 36. It is also in the Lyons and other French Breviaries, J. Chandler's Hymns of the Primitive Church, 1837, No. 41, and Cardinal Newman's Hymni Ecclesiae, 1838 and 1865. [W. A. S.]
Translations in C. U. :
1. Cease, Weary Mortals, Cease to Sigh. By John Chandler in his Hymns of the Primitive Church, 837, p. 44, This was repeated in Johnston's English Hymnal, 1852, and again, with alterations, in 1856 and 1861.
2. Away With Sorrow's Sigh. By Isaac Williams, in his Hymns Translated from the Parisian Breviary, 1839, p. 53. This is given in Lord Selborne's Book of Praise, 1862.
3. God From On High Hath Heard. By Bishop J. R. Woodford. Written about 1850, and 1st published in his Hymns Arranged for Sundays, &c, 1852 and 1855. It is found in numerous hymn-books, and in various forms, the principal of which are :
(1) The original translation in Chope's Hymnal, 1864.
(2) The text in S.M. as in Hymns, Ancient & Modern. This was given in the trial copy of Hymns, Ancient & Modern, 1859, and in the editions of 1861 and 1875. It is also in many other collections. It is an altered version of Bp. Woodford's translation, was made without his knowledge, and was never accepted by him. [E. MSS.]
(3) The Parish Hymn Book, 1863 and 1875. This text is thus composed: stanzas i.-v. and viii. are from Bp. Woodford's translation ; and stanzas vi., vii. are by the Rev. Q. Phillimore. [E. HSS.].
(4) The Sarum Hymnal text, 1868, No. 40. This is Bp. Woodford's revised and authorized text. [E. MSS.]. It is given, slightly altered, in the Hymnary, 1872.
(5) The S. P. C. K. Church Hymns, 1871. This text is thus composed: stanzas i.-iii., Bp. Woodford's original translation; stanzas iv., v. the same but slightly altered; stanza vi., from Bp. Woodford's revised text in the Sarum, 1868; stanzas vii., viii., by G. Phillimore, as in the Parish Hymn Book. It should be noted in connection with this translation that the beautiful lines in the Sarum text,
"Adoring tremble still,
And trembling still adore,"
are from I. Williams's translation, 1839, where they are given as one line.
4. Now Suspend The Wistful Sigh. By Gilbert Rorison, in his Hymns & Anthems, 1851, No. 23, and the 1862 Appendix to the Hymnal Noted, No. 125.
5. Clear through the silent night. This translation in T. Darling's Hymns for the Church of England, 1887, is a slightly altered form of the Hymns, Ancient & Modern text beginning with stanza ii.
6. Calmed be our griefs, hushed every sigh. By J. D. Chambers in his Lauda Syon, 1857. This was repeated in the Hymnal for the Use of St John the Evangelist, Aberdeen, 1870.
7. Hark! On The Midnight Air. In Skinner's Daily Service Hymnal, 1864; and the Altar Hymnal, 1884. This text is as follows: stanzas i.-iv. by Bp. Woodford in the Parish Hymn Book as above; stanza v. from G. Phillimore's addition to the same, altered; and the rest by A. H. Ward.
8. Now let mournful sighing cease. By R.F. Littledale in the People's Hymnal, 1867, and signed "A. L. P." [which stands for "A London Priest." Ed.]
Translations not in C. U.:
1. Ye People, Cease From Tears. R. Campbell. 1850.
3. Now Signs of Mourning Disappear. Lord Braye. In O. Shipley's Annus Sanctus, 1884. [J. J.]
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