The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Now The Old Adam's Sinful Stain

For Christmas
Christmas Hymn for the Afternoon, that is, the Ninth Hour

Words: Adam vetus quod polluit
A cento from Agnoscat omne saeculum by S. Venantius Fortunatus
Translation by John Mason Neale

Music: Tune 1: From the York Manuscript in Sion College; Harmonized by the Rev. S. S. Greenheed
Tune 2: From the Salisbury Hymnal

Source: Rev. John Mason Neale and Rev. Thomas Helmore, eds., Hymnal Noted, Part I. (London: Novello & Co., 1852), Part II (London: Novello & Co., 1856), #71, pp. 138-139.

Cor. xv., 45. "The first man Adam was made a living soul ; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit."

1. a Now the Old Adam's sinful stain
b Doth the New Adam cleanse again ;
c And what the first by pride o'erthrew
d This lowliest One uprears anew.

2. e Now light is come, Salvation shewn,
f And night repelled, and Death o'erthrown ;
g Approach, ye nations ! own this morn,
h That God of Mary hath been born.

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

Scriptural References from The Words of the Hymnal Noted Complete With Scriptural References (London: J. A. Novello and J. Masters, no date, circa 1856), p. 42.

a. Isaiah xlv. 7. Return

b. S. Luke ii. 16. Return

c. Heb. i. 2. Prov. viii. 27. Return

d. S. Luke ii. 7. Return

e. Gal. iii. 19. Return

f. Deut. v. 22. Return

g. Philip. ii. 7. Return

h. Gal. iv. 4. S. Matt. v. 17. 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), #71, pp. 138-139.

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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), #71, pp. 224-225.

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Note.

According to a note in 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), p. iv-v, this hymn is not in the Sarum, but occurs in the York Hymnal.

This hymn is a cento from Agnoscat omne saeculum by S. Venantius Fortunatus. See the notes under Let Every Age And Nation Own and the notes under the full hymn, Agnoscat omne saeculum.

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