The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The God Whom Earth, And Sea, And Sky

For Mary, The Mother of Jesus

Hymn for the Purification or Annunciation.

Words: Quem terra, pontus, aethera, Attributed to Venantius Fortunatus, 6th Century, with notes.
(Dr. Julian asserts that this is a false attribution.)
Translation by Rev.
John Mason Neale

Music: From the Salisbury Hymnal.
Harmonized by Edward Cruse, Eq.

Source: Rev. John Mason Neale and Rev. Thomas Helmore, eds., Hymnal Noted, Part I. (London: Novello & Co., 1852), Part II (London: Novello & Co., 1856), #93  (Combined Edition #88), pp. 183-184.

Also found in George Radcliffe Woodward, ed, Songs of Syon (London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908), # 210.

Malachi iii., 1. "The Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the Messenger of the Covenant, whom ye delight in."

1. a The God Whom earth, and sea, and sky,
Adore, and laud, and magnify;
b Who o'er their threefold fabric reigns,
c The Virgin's spotless womb contains.

2. d The God, Whose will by moon and sun
e And all things in due course is done,
f Is borne upon a Maiden's breast,
g By fullest heavenly grace possess'd.

3. h How blest that Mother, in whose shrine
i The great Artificer Divine,
k Whose hand contains the earth and sky,
l Vouchsafed, as in His ark, to lie !

4. m Blest, in the message Gabriel brought ;
n Blest, by the work the Spirit wrought ;
o From whom the Great Desire of earth
p Took human flesh and human birth. q

5. All honour, laud, and glory be,
O Jesu, Virgin-born, to Thee !
All glory, as is ever meet,
To Father and to Paraclete. Amen.

Notes from The Words of the Hymnal Noted Complete With Scriptural References (London: J. A. Novello and J. Masters, no date, circa 1855), pp. 104-105.

a. Psalm lxix. 35. Return

b. Philip. ii. 10. Return

c. S. Luke i. 31.Return

d. Psalm cxlviii. 6. Return

e. Psalm cxix. 91. Return

f. S. Luke xi. 27. Return

g. Psalm xlv. 14. Return

h. S. Luke xi. 27.Return

i. Gen. i. 31. Psalm cxi. 2. Return

k. Isaiah xl. 12. Return

l. Psalm cxxxii. 5, 6. Return

m Prov. xxv. 25. Return

n. S. Luke i. 42. Return

o. Haggai ii. 7. Return

p. Heb. ii. 14. Return

q. Gal. iv. 4. Return

Sheet Music from Rev. John Mason Neale and Rev. Thomas Helmore, eds., Hymnal Noted, Part I. (London: Novello & Co., 1852), Part II (London: Novello & Co., 1856), #93, pp. 183-184.

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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), #93.

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