The Advent of Our God at Hand
Translation: L C. Earle, 1883.
Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), p. 20.
The advent of our God at hand, Let us with ardent prayer demand, And grasp the gifts of grace sublime, With psalms and hymns of festal rhyme. The eternal offspring doth not scorn Of Maiden-mother to be born ; Is made a servant, that our yoke Of sin and slavery may be broke. He comes, he comes, the clement Child ; Haste, Sion, meet thy Saviour mild, Nor spurn the gracious terms of peace He offers for thy soul's release. Soon folded in a cloud of light He will return the world to right, And through the heaven's triumphal arch His feet will speed their radiant march. Let darkness and her demon spawn Recede before the hastening dawn ; Let the old Adam yield to grace, The Second Adam hold his place. O thou who com/st to set us free, O Son, be highest praise to thee — The Father and the Spirit, Three In undivided Unity.
Note from Shipley:
Instantis adventum Dei. Matins Hymn from the Paris Breviary, by Charles Coffin, Rector of the University of Paris.
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