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printed at Cologne, in the year 1556, and regularly applied myself to the work of selection and translation. The result is the collection I now lay before the public. It will be observed that I have admitted no hymns but what appear to be expressly wanted for the purposes of our Church; my aim in translating them has been to be as simple as possible, thinking it better to be, of the two, rather bald and prosaic than fine and obscure. I have ventured to take the greatest part of the 2nd Hymn from the translation in the “ British Magazine," which, notwithstanding the alterations I have made in it, still shines forth as the work of an evidently superior hand : for all the rest I am answerable. With respect to the originals, they bear decided marks of very remote antiquity; some may have been very much altered : some, perhaps, entirely reconstructed, but still as several of them are known to be the work of St. Ambrose and St. Gregory, and other Primitive Fathers, and as all the rest bear internal evidence of being about the same age, they may well deserve the name affixed to them of “ The Hymns of the Primitive Church.” To them are added all the hymns which, from the beginning of the Reformation to the present day, have been inserted into our prayer-books; these are few, but mostly well
worth preserving. Thus are set forth in one view the Hymns, ancient and modern, which are the peculiar property of the Church of Christ-those which she had before the Papal Apostasy, and those which have been added to her collection since—the Hymns for the Divisions of the Day, the Hymns for the Seasons of the Church, the Hymns for Particular Occasions. Here is a nucleus which, in proper hands, may be added to, and amended in such a way from more modern sources, as to form a Hymn-Book in every respect worthy of our Church. It will not, I trust, be unpleasing or unedifying to her members to see a Morning Hymn by a Bishop of Milan* of the fourth century joined to one on the same subject by a Bishop of Salisbury t of the seventeenth. Perhaps, if the authorities of our Church carry on the design, we may see next to them a hymn by a Bishop of Calcutta of the nineteenth. For it should be remembered, that it was a particular wish of Bishop Heber, that there should be a Hymn-book for our Church, and all his Hymns were written with the view of forming one. Most happy, indeed, shall I be, if the present compilation can contribute, in the smallest degree, towards the accomplishment of so desirable a work.
• St. Ambrose,
+ Bishop Ken.
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SUNDAY, Nocturn. The first of days the light beheld 1 Matins. Now morning lifts her dewy veil
2 6 A. M.
Once more the sun is beaming bright 9 A, M. Oh Holy Spirit, Lord of grace
Blest Spirit, one with God above 12 A. M.
And now the sun's meridian beams
Oh God of truth, Almighty Lord
While we our weary eyelids close. 10
11 Lent. Thou brightness of thy Father's face 12
Easter. Oh thou, who wast for sinners slain 13 MONDAY, Nocturn. Come, let us praise the name of God 14
Matins. Our praises, Lord, thou dost not need 15
Evensong. When storms and tempests o'er us roll 16 TUESDAY, Nocturn. He speaks the word ; the floods obey 17 Matins. Oh! tis our duty, first of all
18 Evensong. Oh Lord, how joyful 'tis to see 19 WEDNESDAY, Noct. The wonders of th’ Almighty hand 20
Matins. A faithful prom thou hast made 21
Evensong. O God, the hateful pride of man
Matins. Oh, how can worthy praises, Lord 24
25 FRIDAY, Nocturn. And now, O God, thy mind resolves 26
Matins. While thine avenging arrow, Lord 27
Evensong. Lament, ye saints, behold your God . 28 SATURDAY, Nocturn. At length creation's days are past 29 Matins. Creator of mankind
30 Evensong. Supreme disposer of the heart
31 MORNING HYMN. O Jesu, Lord of heavenly Grace 32
Awake, my soul, and with the sun 33 EVENING HYMN, Glory to Thee, my God, this night 34
SEASONS OF THE CHURCH.
Page ADVENT. Nocturn. The Advent of our God
. 39 Matins. On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry
40 Thy Father's bosom thou didst leave 41 Evensong. The rolling years at length fulfil 42 CHRISTMAS, Eve. The Prince of Peace, to sinners given 43 Nocturn. Cease, weary mortals, cease to sigh 44
While shepherds watched their flocks 45 Matins. Oh! come ye faithful, and your homage bring
46 High let us swell our tuneful notes 47 Evensong. Jesus, thou holy Son of God
48 Hark, the herald angels sing
49 St. STEPHEN's Day. Ah, wherefore do the impious Jews . 50 St. John's Day. Beloved disciple of thy Lord
51 INNOCENTS' DAY.
Matins. Hail, infant martyrs, new-born victims 52
Matins. Oh, happy day, when first was poured 54
55 SUNDAY AFTER CIRCUMCISION.
Nocturn. The word, who dwelt above the skies 56
58 EPIPHANY. What star is this .
59 SUNDAYS AFTER THE EPIPHANY.
Matins. The voice of him who cries aloud 60
Evensong. Now Jesus lifts his prayer on high 61 SEPTUAGESIMA. Thou, great Creator, art possessed SEXAGESIMA. Our God, in His celestial seat
63 QUINQUAGESIMA. Oh, ye, who followed Christ in love 64 SEASON BEFORE LENT. Alleluia! best and sweetest
65 Oh! glorious is the song LENT. Nocturn. This solemn fast the Fathers saw 67
Matins. The solemn season calls us now
Evensong. Thou gracious Author of our days 69 GOOD FRIDAY.
Nocturn I. To whom is our report made known? 70
73 Evensong. The royal banner is unfurled
74 Now, my soul, thy voice upraising 75 EASTER SUNDAY.
Nocturn. Come, thou blest angelic throng
Since Christ, our passover, is slain 78
79 Hymn III. Jesus Christ is risen to-day
79 Evensong. Protected by the Almighty hand . 80 ASCENSION Day. Nocturn. Oh, Jesu, Lord of heavenly grace
81 Matins. Redeemer ! now thy work is done ! 82
Evensong. O Christ, our hope, our heart's desire 83 SUNDAY AFTER ASCENSION Day,
Nocturn. Oh, 'twas a day both bright and good 84
85 Evensong. Oh, Christ, who hast prepared a place 86 WHITSUNDAY, Eve. 0 Jesu, who art gone before
87 Nocturn I. Ruler of the hosts of light
88 Nocturn II. Come, Holy Ghost, thou source of good 89 Matins. Our prayer is heard : the holy Dove 90
9 A. M. Come, Holy Ghost, Creator come 91 TRINITY SUNDAY.
Matins. Thrice holy God, of wondrous might 92
SAINTS' DAYS. St. Paul. Matins. 'Gainst what foeman art thou rushing 95
Evensong. The shepherd slain, the wolf returns
Nocturn. What feeble instruments, O Lord 97
99 ANNUNCIATION. Matins. Long time the fallen human race
100 Evensong. This is the day, the solemn day
101 AN EVANGELIST'S DAY.
Matins. The law on Sinai's fiery height 102
103 St. PHILIP AND ST. JAMES. Nocturn. At length draws near
104 Matins. The Lord hath burst the bonds
105 Evensong. The Son, upon His Father's throne 106 St. MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS. O Christ, who in heaven
108 ALL SAINTS. Spouse of Christ, to whom 'tis given 110