From Every Part O'er Which the Sun
For Christmas and Circumcision
Words: A Solis Ortus Cardine by Caius Coelius Sedulius, Fifth Century
Translation: (Probably) John Dryden, Primer, 1706.
Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), pp. 26-27.
From every part o'er which the sun Does in its rolling compass run, May creatures all conspire to sing The praises of our new-born king. The God of nature, for our sake, Our servile nature chose to take ; With flesh to lend our flesh his aid, And save the works his hand had made. In Mary's womb he takes his place, And there erects his seat of grace ; In silence she adored and blest The sacred mystery in her breast. Her virgin-womb, that chaste abode, Becomes the temple of her God; And she, of nature's works alone Above nature's laws, conceives a son. Thus does the bearing Maid unfold The mystery Gabriel foretold ; Which John within his mother's womb Foresaw, and blest the Lamb to come. Behold him in the manger laid, A sheaf of straw his royal bed ; And he, whose bounty feeds the rest, Lies craving at his Mother's breast. Here angels to their maker sing ; Here heaven's loud choirs with echoes ring ; Whilst shepherds here adore, and know Their pastor and creator too. May age to age for ever sing The Virgin's Son and angels' king ; And praise with the celestial host The Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Note from Shipley:
26. A solis ortus cardine. An alphabetical Hymn. Lauds Breviary Hymn, by Caius Coelius Sedulius, Fifth Century. From every part o'er which the sun. Primer, 1706. (Probably) John Dryden.
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