To Earth Descending, Word Sublime
"Morning Hymn in Advent"
Romans 13:11. "Now it is high time to awake out of sleep, for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed."
Verbum supernum prodiens,
Ambrosian, 5th - 6th Century, with notes
Translated by Rev. John Mason Neale
Not to be confused with Verbum Supernum Prodiens Nec Patris (St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274),
(A hymn of Corpus Christi)
Music: Advent Melody from 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), #11 (Combined Edition #29), p. 35.
5. To God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit, Three in One,
Laud, honour, might, and glory be
From age to age eternally. Amen.
Notes from A Short Commentary on the Hymnal Noted (London: Joseph Masters, 1852), pp. 10-11.
1. Word Sublime. That is, the Word of God, Jesus Christ, Who was on high with the Father, and "for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven." Return
2. Ere the days of time. Or, in the words of the Nicene Creed, "before all worlds." Return
7. Who hear Thy call. "Wherefore, as the Holy Ghost saith, to-day if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts." (Heb. iii. 7.) Return
8. At length. So S. Paul exhorts us: "Now it is high time to wake out of sleep." And again, "The time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the flesh." Return
11. Shalt mete. That is, shalt measure out the punishment due to sin. Return
13. May not be enchained. So we had in the VIIIth hymn: They weave new chains of woe and crime. Return
Note: The 8th hymn was "O Blest Creator of the Light" (Translation of Lucis Creator optime), a hymn for Sunday Evening from the Salisbury Hymnal.
Notes from The Words of the Hymnal Noted Complete With Scriptural References (London: J. A. Novello and J. Masters, no date, circa 1855), p. 32.
a. S. John i. 11. Return
b. S. John i. 1. Psalm ii. 7. S. John xvi. 28. Prov. viii. 22, 23. Return
c. Isaiah ix. 6. Return
d. Heb. i. 2. Return
e. Psalm xxvii. 1. Psalm lxxxiv. 11. Return
f. Cant. vi. 5. Cant. viii. 6. Return
g. Psalm xcv. 8. Heb. iii. 7. Return
h. Heb. xi. 25. Psalm l. 21. Ecclus. xvi. 17. Zeph. Return
i. 12. Psalm xc. 8. Return
k. S. Matt. xxv. 46. Col. iii. 25. Dan. xii. 2. Return
*. Rom. ii. 7. Return
l. Job xviii. 9. Psalm xxv. 14. Isaiah Iii 2. S. John xi. 44. Heb. xii. 22, 23, 24. Return
m. S. John xiv. 2. Return
Editor's Note: In the text, there was no scriptural references that had been marked for the footnote 'm'; a comparison with the scriptural text, compared with the line in the hymn, provided the link in this case.
Sheet Music from Neale and Helmore, eds., Hymnal Noted, #11 (#29 in Combined Edition), p. 35.
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), #11, Verbum supernum prodiens.
Also found in George Radcliffe Woodward, ed, Songs of Syon (London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908), #2
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