The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Ancient Hymns from the Roman Breviary

To Which Is Added Additional Original Hymns

Richard Mant (February 12, 1776ľNovember 2, 1848)

Sometime Lord Bishop of Down and Connor

London: Rivingtons, 1871

Concerning Bishop Mant, John Julian, in his Dictionary of Hymnology, observed that his prose works were numerous, "and although now somewhat obsolete, they were useful and popular in their day." He also had a large output of hymns and poetry, including nine major works. Julian noted that "he was known chiefly through his translations from the Latin. He was one of the earliest of the later translators, [Isaac] Williams and [John] Chandler being his contemporaries. Concerning his translations, Mr. Ellerton, in his Notes on Church Hymns, 1881, p. xlviii. (folio ed.), says justly that"

Mant had little knowledge of hymns, and merely took those of the existing Roman Breviary as he found them: consequently he had to omit many, and so to alter others that they have in fact become different hymns: nor was he always happy in his manipulation of them. But his book has much good taste and devout feeling, and has fallen into underserved neglect."

After reviewing those of his hymns and poems then in Common Usage, Julian concluded "When all Bishop Mant's translations of original hymns and versions of the Psalms in Common Usage are taken into account, it is found that he is somewhat strongly represented in modern hymnology."

Bishop Mant provided only the translations to the Latin hymns that are referenced. The Latin hymns themselves are (or will be) drawn from other sources.

Source: John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology. Volume 1. (1892), pp. 713-714.

Both Rev. Chandler's The Hymns of the Primitive Church (London, 1837) and Isaac Williams, Hymns Translated from the Parisian Breviary (London, 1839) are also incorporated in this site.

Note: Bishop Mant did not provide a Preface to this volume.


Hymn for Advent, 1

Word Uncreate, Beloved One, p. 65

Verbum supernum prodiens

Hymn for Advent, 2

Hark! A Voice of Warning, Hark!, p. 67.

En clara vox redarguit

Hymn for our Lord's Nativity, 1

Redeemer, Jesus, Life of Man, p. 69.

Jesu, redemptor omnium

Hymn for our Lord's Nativity, 2

From the Faint Dayspring's Eastern Goal, p. 71.

A Solis Ortus Cardine

Hymn for the Circumcision

Creator of Yon Circles Bright, p. 73.

Creator alme siderum

Hymn for the Epiphany, 1

First of Cities, Bethlehem, p. 75.

O sola magnarum urbium

Hymn for the Epiphany, 2

Why, Herod, Why The Godhead Fear, p. 77.

Crudelis Herodes, Deum

Hymn for Christ's Presentation in the Temple

Eternal Glory of the Skies, p. 79.

O Gloriosa Domina

Hymn for the Annunciation, 1

Him Whom the Skies, the Earth, the Sea, p. 85.

Quem terra, pontus, aethera

Hymn for the Annunciation, 2

Hark! Heard Ye Not the Ancient Seer, p. 88. (An Original Hymn by Bishop Mant)

Additional Hymn by Bishop Mant:

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