The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Saint Of God, Elect And Precious

For St. Stephen's Day
Feast day of St. Stephan the First Martyr is December 26
Hymns to St Stephen

Words: Sancte Dei, pretiose
Latin hymn, 10th-16th Century
Translated by Rev. John Mason Neale

Music: St. Thomas
Melody from S. Webbe's 'Motetts or Antiphons,' 1792
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Meter: 87 87 87

Source: Percy Dearmer, R. Vaughan Williams, et. al., eds., The English Hymnal. London: Oxford University Press, 1906. Carol 31, pp. 54-5.

1. Saint of God, elect and precious,
    Protomartyr Stephen, bright
With thy love of amplest measure,
    Shining round thee like a light;
Who to God commendedst, dying,
    Them that did thee all despite:

2. Glitters now the crown above thee,
    Figured in thy sacred name:
O that we, who truly love thee,
    May have portion in the same;
In the dreadful day of judgment
    Fearing neither sin nor shame.

3. Laud to God, and might, and honour,
    Who with flowers of rosy dye
Crowned thy forehead, and hath placed thee
    In the starry throne on high:
He direct us, he protect us
    From death's sting eternally. Amen.

Sheet Music from J. H. Hopkins, ed., Great Hymns of the Church Compiled by the Late Right Reverend John Freeman Young (New York: James Pott & Company, 1887), #75, p. 117.

Hopkins gives the source as "Hymnal Noted."
"Proper Sarum Melody, reduced.
Harmonized by H. R. Schroeder."

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