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Him Whom the Skies, the Earth, the Sea


Hymn for the Annunciation (I.)

Words: Quem terra, pontus, aethera, Attributed to Venantius Fortunatus, 6th Century, with notes.
(Dr. Julian asserts that this is a false attribution.)

Music: Not Stated

Source: Bishop Richard Mant, Ancient Hymns from the Roman Breviary (London: Rivingtons, 1871), pp. 86-87.

Him whom the skies, the earth, the sea
    Confess, adore, declare 
Lord of that threefold regency, 
    Behold a Virgin bear!

Him whom the light, and time, and space
    Obey, and own His reign, 
Behold, endued with heavenly grace, 
    An earthly Maid contain!

O blest was she, that Virgin bland,
    Whom He, the Lord of all, 
That grasps yon concave in His hand, 
    His mother deign'd to call:

Blest, whom the Angel hail'd, on whom 
    The Holy Ghost came down;
Whose Son, desired their health to come, 
    Their health the nations own!

But blest, more blest than she, are they
    By whom His will is done, 
Who hear His precepts, and obey 
    The Father in the Son.

To Thee, Eternal Son of God,
    Here born of lowly maid, 
Is glory in the Godhead owed, 
    To Thee be glory paid!

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