The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Thou, Who In Every Time and Place

The First Sunday In Advent
Celebrating The Age Of The Patriarchs1

Words: John Mason Neale

Music: Not Stated

Source: Rev. John Mason Neale, Hymns for the Young. Second Series of Hymns for Children (1844). New Edition. (London: Joseph Masters, 1854), #23, pp. 28-29.
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S. Jude 24; 1 S. Peter iii. 21.

1. Thou, Who in every time and place
    Hast made Thy Comings known,
The first to save us by Thy grace,
    The last upon Thy throne:

2. When Adam’s sons seem’d lost indeed,
    Thy tender mercy said,
That in due time the Woman’s Seed
    Should bruise the serpent’s head ;

3. And holy Enoch, taught to see
    The things that were not yet,
Beheld around Thy Majesty,
    Thy Saints in judgment set:

4. And Noah, moved with godly fear,
    A saving ark prepar’d ;
And then to those that would not hear
    Thy drawing nigh declared;

5. The ate, they drank, the bought, they sold,
    They laugh’d to scorn t e day ;
Till on the flood of waters roll’d,
    And swept them all away. '

6. In them our danger, Loan, we view:
    In him how good art Thou;
And the like figure thereunto
    Doth also save us now.

7. O teach us so to read and mark,
    And inwardly digest,
That in the Church, Thy holy Ark,
    We may find timely rest!

8. To God the Father, God the Son,
    And God the Holy Ghost,
By men on earth be honour done,
    And by the Heavenly Host.

Footnote by Dr. Neale.

1, p. 28. The four Sundays in Advent represent the four ages of the world before the coming of Christ—that of the Patriarchs, that of the Law, that of the Prophets, and that after the return of the Jews from captivity, when Prophets were gradually withdrawn. Return

Note:

Jude 24. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. (KJV)

1 Peter 3:21. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. (KJV)

Also found in Mary Sackville Lawson, et al, eds., Collected Hymns, Sequences and Carols of John Mason Neale (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1914), pp. 337-338.

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