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Yesterday, With Exultation

For St. Stephen's Day
See: Hymns to St Stephen

Words: Heri mundus exultavit, Adam of S. Victor (d. 1192)
Translation: Rev. John Mason Neale, D.D., Hymns of the Eastern Church (1862)

Alt. by the Compilers
Rev. Neale's original text appears below.

Music: "Heri Mundus Exultavit," by Walter Macfarren
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Meter: 887 887

Source: Hymns Ancient and Modern. London: William Clowes and Sons, Ltd., 1922, #64, p. 64-5.

1. Yesterday, with exultation,
Join'd the world in celebration
    Of her promised Saviour's birth;
Yesterday the Angel-nation
Pour'd the strains of jubilation
    O'er the Monarch born on earth;

2. But today o'er death victorious,
By his faith and actions glorious,
    by his miracles renown'd,
See the Deacon triumph gaining,
'Midst the faithless faith sustaining,
    First of holy Martyrs found.

3. Onward, champion, falter never,
Sure of sure reward for ever,
    Holy Stephen, persevere;
Perjured witnesses confounding,
Satan's synagogue astounding
    By thy doctrine true and clear.

4. Thine own Witness is in Heaven,
True and faithful, to thee given,
    Witness of thy blamelessness:
By thy name a crown implying,
Meet it is thou shouldst be dying
    For the crown of righteousness.

5. For the crown that fadeth never
Bear the torturer's brief endeavour;
    Victory waits to end the strife:
Death shall be thy life's beginning,
And life's losing be the winning
    Of the true and better life.

6. Fill'd with God's most Holy Spirit,
See the Heav'n thou shalt inherit,
    Stephen, gaze into the skies:
There God's glory steadfast viewing,
Thence thy victor-strength renewing,
    Pant for thy eternal prize.

7. See, as Jewish foes invade thee,
See how Jesus stands to aid thee,
    Stands at God's right hand on high:
Tell how open'd Heav'n is shown thee,
Tell how Jesus waits to own thee,
    Tell it with thy latest cry.

8. As the dying martyr kneeleth,
For his murderers he appealeth,
    For their madness griefing sore;
Then in Christ he sleepeth sweetly,
And with Christ he reigneth meetly,
    Martyr first-fruits, evermore.

 


Also found in Arthur Henry Brown, ed., The Altar Hymnal (London: Griffith, Farrar, Okeden & Welsh, 1885), #14, pages 46-47, with the following differences from the version found in Hymns Ancient And Modern:

Verse 2, Lines 4-6:
Dared the Deacon Proto-Martyr
Earthly life for Heav'n to barter,
Faithful midst the faithless found.

Verse 3, lines 1-3:
Forward, Champion, in thy quarrel!
Certain of a certain laurel,
Holy Stephen, persevere!

Verse 4:
4. Lo! in Heaven thy Witness liveth:
Bright and faithful proof He giveth
Of His Martyr's blamelessness;
Thou by name
a Crown impliest;
Meetly then in pangs thou diest
For the Crown of Righteousness!

Verse 6:
6. Whom the Holy Ghost endueth,
Whom celestial sight embueth,
Stephen penetrates the skies;
There God's fullest Glory viewing,
There his victor strength renewing,
For his near reward he sighs.

Verse 7: First line the same; all others differ.
7. See, as Jewish foes invade thee,
See how Jesus stands to aid thee:
Stands to guard His Champion's death:
Cry, that opened Heaven is shown thee:
Cry, that Jesus waits to own thee:
Cry it with thy latest breath!

Verse 8:
8. As the dying Martyr kneeleth,}
For his murderers he appealeth,}
And his prayer their pardon sealeth,
For their madness grieving sore;
Then in Christ he sleepeth sweetly,}
Who His Pattern kept completely,}
And with Christ he reigneth meetly --
Martyr first-fruits Ė evermore.

"Heri Mundus Exultavit," Walter Macfarren


Text from Rev. John Mason Neale, Hymns of the Eastern Church (1st Edition, 1862):

8,8,7,8,8,7

Adam of St. Victor

HERI MUNDUS EXULTAVIT

Yesterday, with exultation
Joined the world in celebration
    Of her promised Saviourís birth:
Yesterday the Angel nation
Pour'd the strains of jubilation
    Oíer the Monarch born on earth.

But to-day, oíer death victorious,
By his faith and actions glorious,
    By his miracles renowned,
Dared the Deacon Protomartyr
Earthly life for Heavín to barter,
    Faithful midst the faithless found.

Forward, champion, in thy quarrel!
Certain of a certain laurel,
    Holy Stephen, persevere!
Perjur;d witnesses confounding,
Satanís Synagogue astounding
    By thy doctrine true and clear.

Lo! in Heavín thy Witness liveth;
Bright and faithful proof He giveth
    Of His Martyrís full success:
Thou by name a Crown impliest;
Meetly then in pangs thou diest
    For the Crown of Righteousness!

For a crown that fadeth never,
Bear the torturerís brief endeavour,
    Victory waits to end the strife.
Death shall be thy birthís beginning,
And lifeís losing be the winning
    Of a true and better life.

Whom the HOLY GHOST endueth,
Whom celestial light imbueth,
    Stephen penetrates the skies:
There GODís fullest glory viewing,
There his victor strength renewing,
    For his near reward he sighs.

See, as Jewish foes invade thee,
See, how JESUS stands to aid thee:
    Stands, to guard His championís death!
Cry that opened Heavín is shown thee:
Cry that JESUS waits to own thee:
    Cry it with thy latest breath!

As the dying Martyr kneeleth,
For his murderers he appealeth,
And his prayer their pardon sealeth,
    For their madness grieving sore;
Then in CHRIST he sleepeth sweetly,
Who His pattern kept completely,
And with CHRIST he reigneth meetly,
    Martyr first-fruits, evermore!

    Note: This hymn only occurs in Neale's First Edition, and is omitted from his Second and Third editions. However this hymn occurs in an appendix of the Fourth Edition edited by Very Rev. Stephen Georgeson Hatherly, Mus. B., Archpriest of the Patriarchal ∆cumenical Throne.

 

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