The Life, Which God's Incarnate Word
For St. John's the Evangelist's Day
See Hymns For St. John The Evangelist.
Words: Quae dixit, egit, pertulit, Anonymous Latin Hymn, Cluny Breviary, 1686
Source: Edward Caswall, Hymns and Poems. Second Edition (London: Burns, Oates, & Co., 1873), #50 , p. 194.
1. The life which God's Incarnate Word
Lived here below with men,
Three blest Evangelists record
With Heav'n-inspired pen:
2. John penetrates on eagle wing
The Father's dread abode ;
And shews the mystery wherein
The Word subsists with God.
3. Pure Saint ! upon his Saviour's breast
Invited to recline,
'Twas thence he drew, in moments blest,
His knowledge all divine :
4. There too, with that angelic love
Did he his bosom fill,
Which, once enkindled from above,
Breathes in his pages still.
5. Oh, dear to Christ! -- to thee upon
His Cross, of all bereft,
Thou virgin soul! the Virgin Son
His Virgin Mother left.
6. To Jesus, born of Virgin bright,
Praise with the Father be;
Praise to the Spirit Paraclete,
Through all eternity.
Music: Thomas Helmore and Thomas Morley, eds., Music of the Appendix to the Hymnal Noted. (Novello, Ewer & Co., No Date, ca. 1870), Tune #129.
First published in Edward Caswall, Lyra Catholica (London: James Burns, 1849), pp. 287-288, and often altered.
Note from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology. Second Revised Edition with New Supplement. (1892, 1907), p. 947.
Quae dixit, egit, pertulit. [St. John the Evangelist.] Included in the Cluniac [Cluny] Breviary, Paris, 1686, p. 187, in 5 stanzas and a doxology, as the hymn at Matins on the Festival of St. John the Evangelist; in the Orleans Breviary, 1693, it is assigned to Lauds.
Translated as : — The life which God's Incarnate Word. By Edward Caswall, in his Lyra Catholica, 1849, p. 287, and his Hymns and Poems, 1873, p. 194, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. It passed into Murray's Hymnal, 1852, and the Scottish Episco. Hymns, 1858, each with alterations peculiar to itself. In Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1861 and 1875, stanza v. is omitted ; stanzas ii. and vi. are rewritten, and stanza iii. is altered. This text, again slightly altered, is in Kennedy, 1863, and the Hymnary, 1872. In Rorison's Hymns and Anthems, 1851, it begins, "Three holy Gospels tell in turn." [J. M.]
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