The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hymns for the Advent, Christmas & Epiphany

Source: Orby Shipley, ed., Annus Sanctus. Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Volume I. (London & New York: Burns and Oates, 1884).

Part I. Hymns from the Sacred Offices

A number of the hymns in this collection have two or more translations. However, because of the structure of the book, it is sometimes difficult to see these groups of translations. This page is intended to cure that deficiency. Latin hymns with only one translation are on the original contents page, Shipley, Annus Sanctus (1884).

Part II of this volume was only recently discovered. Any additional translations are pending.

Hymns In The Four Weeks of Advent

Creator alme siderum.

Revised from Conditor alme siderum. Ambrosian Vespers Breviary Hymn.

1. Bright Maker of the Starry Poles. From the Evening Office of the Church, 1710. Based on the Primer of 1685, with alterations after the Primer of 1706, and both revised. Author unknown. 3 - First Week of Advent.

7. Thou Builder of the Starry Skies, Translation of Conditor alme siderum, Original of Creator alme siderum, From the Salisbury Breviary. Very Rev. Prior James A. Dominic Aylward, Order of Preachers, 1843-1850. 8 - Second Week of Advent.

12. Maker of the Starry Sphere. Robert Campbell, of Sherrington. 13 - Third Week of Advent.

17. O Thou, The Maker of Each Star, Translation of Conditor alme siderum. Alfred, Lord Braye, 1883. 17- Fourth Week of Advent.

Verbum supernum prodiens E Patris.

Revised from Verbum supernum prodiens a Patre. Gregorian Matins Breviary Hymn.

2. Supernal Word, Proceeding From. Supernal Word, Proceeding From. From Verses on Various Occasions, 1868. John Henry, Cardinal Newman, 1834-1842. 4 - First Week of Advent.

8. O Thou, Who Thine Own Father's Breast. From Hymns and Poems, 1873. Father Edward Caswall, Birmingham Oratory, 1848. 9 - Second Week of Advent.

13. Supernal Word, Who Didst Proceed. John Charles Earle, 1883, From the Salisbury Breviary. 13 - Third Week of Advent.

19. The Period Is Come, And Lo, To-day. Primer, 1706. (Probably) John Dryden. 19 - Fourth Week of Advent.

Instantis adventum Dei.

Matins Hymn from the Paris Breviary by Charles Coffin, Rector of the University of Paris.

3. The Coming Of Our God. Robert Campbell of Sherrington, 1849-1850. 4 - First Week of Advent.

20. The Advent of Our God at Hand. L C. Earle, 1883. 20 - Fourth Week of Advent.

En clara vox redarguit.

Ambrosian Lauds Hymn from the Salisbury Breviary.

5. A Heavenly Voice And Early Ray. From the Primer, 1706. (Probably) John Dryden, 1685-1700. First Week of Advent.

15. Hark, An Awful Voice is Sounding. Father Edward Caswall, Birmingham Oratory, 1848. 15 - Third Week of Advent.

21. Hark, A Joyful Voice is Thrilling. John Henry, Cardinal Newman, 1834-1842. 20 - Fourth Week of Advent.

Note. #4, Clear Rings A Voice; It Chides The World. Alfred, Lord Braye, 1883. 5 - First Week of Advent. This hymn is a translation of Vox clara ecce intonat, the original of En clara vox redarguit.

Dies irŠ, dies illa.

Sequence in Mass for the Dead from the Missal by Thomas of Celano, Order of Friars Minor, Thirteenth Century.

6. Day of Wrath, That Day Whose Knelling. Justice John Chagan, 1874. 6 - First Week of Advent.

11. Day of Wrath, The Heart Dismaying. F. J. P., 1860. 10 - Second Week of Advent.

16. That Day of Wrath, That Dreadful Day. From Prayers for the Dead. W. F. Wingfield, 1845. 17 - Third Week of Advent.

22. That Day of Wrath and Grief and Shame. Very Rev. Prior James A. Dominic Aylward, Order of Preachers, 1843-1850. 21 - Fourth Week of Advent.

 

Hymns for Christmas and the Circumcision

Jesu Redemptor Onmium Quem Lucis.

Revised from Christe redemptor gentium. Ambrosian Vespers Breviary Hymn.

23. Jesu, Our Soul's Redeeming Lord. From the Catholic Psalmist, 1859. Rev. Professor Thomas J. Potter, All Hallows College, Dublin, 1857-1858. 24 - Part One.

29. Lamb, Whose Blood For All Men Streamed. Robert Campbell of Sherrington. 29 - Part Two.

34. Jesus, Redeemer, Ere the Light. From the Vespers Book. Very Rev. Provost F. C. Husenbeth, 1840-1841. 33 - Part Three.

39. Jesu, the Ransomer of Man. Evening Office, 1710. Author unknown. Partly a cento from the Primers of 1685 and 1706, revised and altered, and partly original. 37 - Part Four.

Jam desinant suspiria.

Matins Hymn from the Paris Breviary, by C Coffin.

24. Now Signs of Mourning Disappear. Alfred, Lord Braye, 1883. 25 - Part One.

30. Ye People, Cease From Tears. Robert Campbell of Sherrington. 30 - Part Two.

A Solis Ortus Cardine.

An alphabetical Hymn. Lauds Breviary Hymn by Caius Coelius Sedulius, Fifth Century.

26. From Every Part O'er Which the Sun. Primer, 1706. (Probably) John Dryden. 26 - Part One.

41. From the Far-blazing Gate of Morn. Father Edward Caswall, Birmingham Oratory, 1848. 39 - Part Four.

Adeste Fideles.

Sequence from the Cistercian Gradual of the Fifteenth-Sixteenth Century.

28. In Triumph, Joy, and Holy Fear. Paraphrase of a longer version than is generally used. Verses 3, 4, 5, and 6, are here for the first time rendered into English. J. C. Earle, 1881. 28 - Part One.

33. Hasten, Ye Faithful, Glad, Joyful, and Holy. From Church Hymns, 1849. J. Richard Beste, 1839. 32 - Part Two.

38. Come, O Faithful, With Sweet Voices. Charles Kent, 1870-1883. 36 - Part Three.

43. Oh Come, All Ye Faithful. Robert Campbell of Sherrington. 40 - Part Four.

 

Hymns for the Epiphany and the Season After

Crudelis Herodes, Deum.

For the Epiphany. Revised from Hostis Herodes Impie. Vespers Breviary Hymn, by Sedulius.

44. Why, Ruthless Herod, Why Should Fear. Very Rev. Prior James A. Dominic Aylward, Order of Preachers, 1843-1850. 42 - Epiphany and Octave.

54. What Makes Thee, Cruel Herod, Shake, Based on the Primers of 1685 and 1706, but partly original. Evening Office, 1710. Author unknown, 49  - Third Week After Epiphany.

57. Why, Cruel Herod, Dost Thou Fear. Very Rev. Provost F. C. Husenbeth, 1840-1841. 52 - Fourth Week After Epiphany.

60. Why, Cruel Herod, Dost Thou Fear, Rev. Professor Thomas J. Potter, All Hallows College, Dublin, 1857-1858. 54 - Fifth Week After Epiphany.

O sola magnarum urbium.

Lauds Hymn from the Breviary by Aurelius Prudentius Clemens, Fourth Century.

47. Bethlehem, of Noblest Cities. Father Edward Caswall, Birmingham Oratory, 1848. 44 - Epiphany and Octave.

63. Let Other Cities Strive, Which Most. Primer, 1706. (Probably) John Dryden. 56 - Fifth Week After Epiphany.

Jesu, Dulcis Memoria, et. al. -- Hymns for the Holy Name

Jesu dulcis memoria, Jesu, Rex admirabilis, and Jesu, decus angelicum. Vespers, Matins, and Lauds Hymns for the Holy Name from the Breviary. Cento from Hymn of St. Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, Twelfth Century.

Jesu dulcis memoria, Vespers Hymn for the Holy Name

48. The Memory Sweet of Jesus' Name, Very Rev. Prior James A. Dominic Aylward, Order of Preachers, 1843-1850. 45, 46.

51. Thy Sweet Remembrance, Lord, Imparts, Robert Campbell of Sherrington. 47, 48.

Jesu, Rex admirabilis, Matins Hymn for the Holy Name

49. O Jesu, Lord, Most Mighty King, Very Rev. Prior James A. Dominic Aylward, Order of Preachers, 1843-1850. 45, 46.

52. Jesu, King O'er All Adored, Robert Campbell of Sherrington. 47, 48.

Jesu, decus angelicum, Lauds Hymn for the Holy Name

50. Crown of the Angels, Thy Sweet Name, Very Rev. Prior James A. Dominic Aylward, Order of Preachers, 1843-1850. 45, 46.

53. Jesu, Highest Heaven's Completeness, Robert Campbell of Sherrington. 47, 48.

From the Appendix:

Earlier Versions of Certain Advent, Christmas & Epiphany Hymns

Creator alme siderum.

Ambrosian Vespers Breviary Hymn for the Advent. Revised from Conditor alme siderum.

Conditor alme siderum.

Ambrosian Vespers Breviary Hymn for the Advent.

Christe, Redemptor Omnium.

Ambrosian Vespers Breviary Hymn for Christmas.

Jesu Redemptor Onmium Quem Lucis.

Ambrosian Vespers Breviary Hymn for Christmas. Revised from Christe redemptor gentium.

Hostis Herodes Impie.

Vespers Breviary Hymn, by Sedulius, for the Epiphany.

Crudelis Herodes, Deum.

Vespers Breviary Hymn, by Sedulius, for the Epiphany. Revised from Hostis Herodes Impie.

Quic˙mque Christum quŠritis.

Vespers Breviary Hymn from Cathemerinon by Aurelius Clemens Prudentius; For the Feast of the Transfiguration and the Solemnity of the Epiphany

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