Saint Of God, Elect And Precious
For St. Stephen's Day
Feast day of St. Stephan the First Martyr is December 26
See: Hymns to St Stephen
Source: Rev. John Mason Neale and Rev. Thomas Helmore, eds., Hymnal Noted, Part I. (London: Novello & Co., 1852), Part II (London: Novello & Co., 1856), #15 (#40 in Combined Edition), p. 42.
Acts 6:8. "And Stephen, full
of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among
3. Laud to God, and might, and honour,
Who with flow'rs of rosy dye 14
Crown'd thy forehead, and hath plac'd thee
In the starry throne on high:
He direct us, He protect us
From death's sting eternally. Amen.
Note: At the bottom of p. 42 of Hymnal Noted there is this:
"Published under the sanction of the Ecclesiological late Cambridge Camden Society, by J. Alfred Novello. 69, Dean-street, Soho, and 24, Poultry."
Notes from A Short Commentary on the Hymnal Noted (London: Joseph Masters, 1852), #XV, p. 15.
2. Protomartyr. That is, first martyr. Return
7. The Crown figured in thy name. The word Stephen, in Greek, signifies a Crown. Return
14. Of rosy dye. Because of the blood that he shed for Christ's Name. Return
Notes from The Words of the Hymnal Noted Complete With Scriptural References (London: J. A. Novello and J. Masters, no date, circa 1855), #40 (#15 in Hymnal Noted), pp. 44-45.
a. Acts vii. 60. Return
b. 2 Tim. iv. 8. S. James i. 12. 1 S. Pet. v. 4. Rev. ii. 10. Return
c. 1. S. John iv. 17. Wisdom iii. 1. Return
Rev. John Mason Neale and Rev. Thomas Helmore, eds., Hymnal Noted, Part I. (London: Novello & Co., 1852), Part II (London: Novello & Co., 1856), #15, p. 42.
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), #15.
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
"Proper Sarum Melody, reduced.
Harmonized by H. R. Schroeder."
Also found in
Percy Dearmer, R. Vaughan Williams, et. al., eds., The English Hymnal. London: Oxford University Press, 1906. Carol 31, pp. 54-5.
Frederick Lygon, 6th Earl Beauchamp, ed., The Day-hours of the Church of England, Newly Tr. and Arranged by F. Lygon (London: Joseph Masters, 1858), p. 22.
Breviary Offices from Lauds to Compline Inclusive, Tr. from the Sarum Book, and Supplemented from Gallican and Monastic Uses (London: J. T. Hayes; Brighton: G. Wakeling, 1874), p. 95, Festival of St. Stephen, a hymn at Lauds.
The following note is from John Julian, The Dictionary of Hymnology (1892), p. 992.
Sancte Dei pretiose, protomartyr Stephane. [St. Stephen.] The original form of this hymn is in 3 stanzas of 3 lines (ii. "Funde preces," iii. "Gloria et honor").
This form is in two MSS. of the 11th cent, in the British Museum (Vesp. D.xii., f. 36 ; Harl. 2961, f. 229); and in the Latin Hymns of the Anglo-Saxon Church., 1851, is printed from an 11th cent. MS. at Durham. (B. iii. 32, f. 14.) Also in the Sarum, Hereford, York, Aberdeen, and other Breviaries. Sometimes used for the Invention of St. Stephen. The original form is also printed by Mone, No. 1158, from an 11th cent. MS. at Stuttgart, &c. The text in Daniel, i., No. 221, contains six additional stanzas, probably of North German origin, and of much later date. [J. M.]
Translations in Common Usage:-
1. Saint Of God, Elect And Precious [this page]. By J. M. Neale, of the 3 stanzas form of the text, in the Hymnal Noted, 1852 ; the Hymner, 1882, &c.
2. Saint of God, Beloved Stephen. By W. J. Blew, in his Church Hymn & Tune Book, 1852-55, Christmas, No. 18, and in Rice's Selections from the same, 1870, No. 12. This, in 6 stanzas of 6 lines, is from the text of Daniel abridged.
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