Hail! festal day, to endless ages known

Hail! festal day, to endless ages known

Author: Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus; Translator: Thomas A. Lacey (1884)
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Hail! festal day! through every age divine,
When God's fair grace from heaven to earth did shine.

Hail! festal day! to endless ages known,
When Christ, o'er death victorious, gained His throne.

Hail! festal day! to endless ages known,
When God ascended to his starry throne.

Lo! God the Spirit to the Apostles' hearts
This day in form of fire Himself imparts.

Forth from the Father, bearing mystic powers,
On human hearts new strength He richly showers.

Now cease they not, to all on earth that dwell,
God's wondrous works in divers tongues to tell.

Hail, Breath of Life! Hail, Holy Fount of Light!
Lifegiver! Fire of radiance ever bright!

Thou Good all good containing, Peace divine!
Fill with thy sweetness all these hearts of Thine.

Who fillest all things, earth and sky and sea,
Cleanse thou, and guard us; bid us live to Thee.

Some foretaste grant us of Thy secret things,
The overshadowing of cherub wings.

To love divine our lips and hearts inspire,
By flying seraph touched with altar fire.

Amen.



Source: The Hymnal: as authorized and approved by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1916 #195a

Author: Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus

Fortunatus, Venantius Honorius Clementianus, was born at Ceneda, near Treviso, about 530. At an early age he was converted to Christianity at Aquileia. Whilst a student at Ravenna he became almost blind, and recovered his sight, as he believed miraculously, by anointing his eyes with some oil taken from a lamp that burned before the altar of St. Martin of Tours, in a church in that town. His recovery induced him to make a pilgrimage to the shrine of St. Martin, at Tours, in 565, and that pilgrimage resulted in his spending the rest of his life in Gaul. At Poitiers he formed a romantic, though purely platonic, attachment for Queen Rhadegunda, the daughter of Bertharius, king of the Thuringians, and the wife, though separated from him, of Lot… Go to person page >

Translator: Thomas A. Lacey

Lacey, Thomas Alexander, s. of G. F. Lacey, was b. at Nottingham, Dec. 20, 1853. He entered Balliol Coll., Oxford, as an exhibitioner in 1871 (B.A. 1876, M.A. 1885), was ordained D. 1876, P. 1879, was from 1894 to 1903 Vicar of Madingley near Cambridge, and since then has been Chaplain of the London Diocesan Penitentiary. He was one of the Committee who compiled The English Hymnal, 1906, and contributed to it twelve translations (8, 66, 67, 69, 104, 123, 124, 174, 208, 226, 249, 325), also one unpublished and one previously published original, viz., 1. O Faith of England, taught of old. [Church Defence.] 2. The dying robber raised his aching brow. [Good Friday.] First in the Treasury, Sept. 1905, p. 482, headed "Sursum." T… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Hail! festal day, to endless ages known
Latin Title: Salve festa dies
Author: Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus
Translator: Thomas A. Lacey (1884)
Source: Latin
Language: English

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The Hymnal: as authorized and approved by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1916 #195aTextPage Scan
The Hymnal: as authorized and approved by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1916 #195bTextPage Scan



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