Coeli Deus sanctissime. [Wednesday.] This hymn is sometimes ascribed to St. Ambrose, but on insufficient authority. It is found in two forms, the first what is usually received as the original, and the second the revised text in the Roman Breviary, 1632. Both texts are given in Daniel, i., No. 52; and the first in Mone, No. 277, who notes the oldest form of the hymn from a manuscript of the 8th century, in the Town Library at Trier. The first form is in the Mozarabic, York, Sarum, and many other Breviaries, both English and continental, but the Roman form is only in that Breviary. It is found in three manuscripts of the 11th century, in the British Museum (Vesp. D. xii. f. 19; Jul. A. vi. f. 27; Harl. 2961, f. 223); in a manuscript of the 9th century, at St, Gall, No. 20; and also printed from an 11th century manuscript at Durham in the Latin Hymns of the Anglo-Saxon Church, 1851. [Rev. W. A. Shoults, B.D.]
In annotating the translations it will be necessary to take the two forms of the hymn:—
i. The Textus Receptus.
Translation in common use:—
0 God, Whose hand doth spread the sky, by J. M. Neale, in the enlarged ed. of the Hymnal Noted, 1854, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and the Hymner, 1882.
ii. The Roman Breviary Text.
Translations in common use:—
1. All Holy God on high, by W. J. Copeland, in his Hymns for the Week, &c, 1848, p. 33, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. This text is repeated in St. John's Hymnal (Aberdeen), 1870, No. 99.
2. Lord of eternal purity, by E. Caswall, in his Lyra Catholica, 1849, p. 24, and again in his Hymns, &c, 1873, p. 15, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. This translation is in several hymnals, including the People's, Martineau, and others. In the Hymnary, 1872, it is altered to, "Most Holy God, enthroned on high," and in the Roman Catholic Hymns for the Year, to "0 Lord of perfect purity."
--Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (5)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Chautauqua Carols: a collection of favorite songs suitable for all Sunday School services #85||Lord of eternal purity||1878|
|Church Harmonies: a collection of hymns and tunes for the use of Congregations #59||Lord of eternal purity||Caswall||1876|
|Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #107||Lord of eternal purity||Caswall||1868|
|Hymns of the Ages: selections from Lyra Catholica, Germanica, Apostolica and Other Sources #d73||Lord of eternal purity||Edward Caswall||1859|
|Lyra Catholica: containing all the hymns of the Roman breviary and missal, with others from various sources. Arranged for every day in the week, and the festivals and saints' days... #70||Lord of eternal purity||Edward Caswall||1851|