O Night of Nights, Supreme Delights
For Christmas and Circumcision
Words: O ter fęcundas, O ter jucundas by Marburne, Order of St. Benedict, Abbot of Livry, Fifteenth Century.
Translation: J. C. Earle, 1883.
Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), p. 31-32.
O night of nights, supreme delights, Thy watches charm and bless ; And joys of heaven, profusely given, Refresh earth's wilderness. The sad, sick world through Eve lies furled In clouds of death and night ; But God doth rise in human guise To be its life and light. Whom angels own as God alone, Is clothed by mortal hands ; In cattle-stall, the Lord of all Sleeps clasped in swathing-bands. In cradle laid, his voice is stayed, Who is the eternal Word : The sun grows pale, his forces fail ; What means all we have heard ? O shaft of love, to God above A rock-hewn home is given : Farewell ye stars ; hail, crib and bars ; A manger is my heaven.
Note from Shipley:
31. O ter fecundas, O ter jucundas. Sequence by Marburne, Order of St. Benedict, Abbot of Livry, Fifteenth Century. O night of nights, supreme delights. J. C. Earle, 1883.
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