Ancient Hymns from the Roman Breviary
To Which Is Added Additional Original Hymns
Richard Mant (February 12, 1776ľNovember 2, 1848)
Sometime Lord Bishop of Down and Connor
London: Rivingtons, 1871
Concerning Bishop Mant, John Julian, in his Dictionary of Hymnology, observed that his prose works were numerous, "and although now somewhat obsolete, they were useful and popular in their day." He also had a large output of hymns and poetry, including nine major works. Julian noted that "he was known chiefly through his translations from the Latin. He was one of the earliest of the later translators, [Isaac] Williams and [John] Chandler being his contemporaries. Concerning his translations, Mr. Ellerton, in his Notes on Church Hymns, 1881, p. xlviii. (folio ed.), says justly that"
Mant had little knowledge of hymns, and merely took those of the existing Roman Breviary as he found them: consequently he had to omit many, and so to alter others that they have in fact become different hymns: nor was he always happy in his manipulation of them. But his book has much good taste and devout feeling, and has fallen into underserved neglect."
After reviewing those of his hymns and poems then in Common Usage, Julian concluded "When all Bishop Mant's translations of original hymns and versions of the Psalms in Common Usage are taken into account, it is found that he is somewhat strongly represented in modern hymnology."
Bishop Mant provided only the translations to the Latin hymns that are referenced. The Latin hymns themselves are (or will be) drawn from other sources.
Source: John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology. Volume 1. (1892), pp. 713-714.
Note: Bishop Mant did not provide a Preface to this volume.
Hymn for Advent, 1
Word Uncreate, Beloved One, p. 65
Hymn for Advent, 2
Hark! A Voice of Warning, Hark!, p. 67.
Hymn for our Lord's Nativity, 1
Redeemer, Jesus, Life of Man, p. 69.
Hymn for our Lord's Nativity, 2
Hymn for the Circumcision
Creator of Yon Circles Bright, p. 73.
Hymn for the Epiphany, 1
First of Cities, Bethlehem, p. 75.
Hymn for the Epiphany, 2
Why, Herod, Why The Godhead Fear, p. 77.
Hymn for Christ's Presentation in the Temple
Eternal Glory of the Skies, p. 79.
Hymn for the Annunciation, 1
Hymn for the Annunciation, 2
Hark! Heard Ye Not the Ancient Seer, p. 88. (An Original Hymn by Bishop Mant)
Additional Hymn by Bishop Mant:
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