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He, By Whose Hand The Light Was Made

For Christmas
Christmas Hymn for the Sixth Hour

Words: Praesepe poni pertulit
A cento from Agnoscat omne saeculum by S. Venantius Fortunatus
Translation by John Mason Neale

Music: Tune 1 from the York Manuscript in Sion College
Tune 2: Words from the York Hymnal, Melody from the Salisbury

Source: Rev. John Mason Neale and Rev. Thomas Helmore, eds., Hymnal Noted, Part I. (London: Novello & Co., 1852), Part II (London: Novello & Co., 1856), #70 (CE 38), pp. 137-138.

Proverbs viii., 27." When he prepared the heavens, I was there."

1. a He, by Whose Hands the Light was made,
b Deigns in a manger to be laid ;
c He with His Father made the skies,
d And by His Mother swaddled lies.

2. e He that once gave the Law to men,
f And wrote it in Commandments Ten,
g Himself man's nature deigns to share,
h The fetters of the Law to wear.

3. All honour, laud, and glory be,
O Jesu, Virgin-born, to Thee !
All glory, as is ever meet,
To Father and to Paraclete. Amen.

Scriptural References from The Words of the Hymnal Noted Complete With Scriptural References (London: J. A. Novello and J. Masters, no date, circa 1856), p. 43.

a. Isaiah xlv. 7. Return

b. S. Luke ii. 16. Return

c. Heb. i. 2. Prov. viii. 27. Return

d. S. Luke ii. 7. Return

e. Gal. iii. 19. Return

f. Deut. v. 22. Return

g. Philip. ii. 7. Return

h. Gal. iv. 4. S. Matt. v. 17. Return

Sheet Music from Rev. John Mason Neale and Rev. Thomas Helmore, eds., Hymnal Noted, Part I. (London: Novello & Co., 1852), Part II (London: Novello & Co., 1856), #70 (CE 38), pp. 137-138.

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Sheet Music from Thomas Helmore, Accompanying Harmonies to the Hymnal Noted. Part I (London: Novello, Ewer and Co., and Masters and Son, 1852), Part II (London: Novello and Co., Joseph Masters and J. T. Hayes, 1858), #70, pp. 222-223.

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Note.

According to a note in Thomas Helmore, Accompanying Harmonies to the Hymnal Noted. Part I (London: Novello, Ewer and Co., and Masters and Son, 1852), Part II (London: Novello and Co., Joseph Masters and J. T. Hayes, 1858), p. iv-v, this hymn is not in the Sarum, but occurs in the York Hymnal.

This hymn is a cento from Agnoscat omne saeculum by S. Venantius Fortunatus. See the notes under Let Every Age And Nation Own and the notes under the full hymn, Agnoscat omne saeculum.

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