The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O You Who Truly Seek Your Lord

For the Feast of the Transfiguration and the Solemnity of the Epiphany

Words: Quic˙mque Christum quŠritis from Cathemerinon by Aurelius Clemens Prudentius

Translation: Very Rev. Provost F. C. Husenbeth, 1840-1841.

Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), p. 208.

O you who truly seek your Lord,
Look up and lift your hearts on high ;
Signs of his Deity adored
There will your trembling view descry.

Illustrious, infinite, sublime,
Unbounded in his high domains.
Our glorious God, unchanged by time,
Older than heaven and chaos reigns.

He is the Gentiles' mighty king,
The monarch of the Hebrew race.
To Abraham promised, forth to bring
Him and his seed from sin's disgrace.

Prophets who marked his future way.
Attest his splendid presence near ;
The Son refulgent on this day,
The Eternal Father bids us hear.

Jesus, be glory given to thee.
Thus to thy lowly ones displayed,
With God thy Father equally,
And with the Holy Ghost arrayed.

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