The heavenly Word, proceeding forth (Anonymous)

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Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-14).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 55 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-14).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 92 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words

General Information

Title: The heavenly Word, proceeding forth
Composer: Anonymous
Tune: Solemnis Haec Festivitas
Lyricist: Thomas Aquinas

Translation by John Mason Neale and Edward Caswall

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published: 1685
  2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 253

Description: Melody from Paris Gradual, 1685

External websites: https://embassysingers.de/scores/hymns.html

Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Verbum supernum prodiens.

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Part 1
The heavenly Word, proceeding forth
yet leaving not the Father’s side,
accomplishing his work on earth
had reached at length life’s eventide.

By false disciple to be given
to foemen for his life athirst,
himself, the very bread of heaven,
he gave to his disciples first.

He gave himself in either kind,
his precious flesh, his precious blood;
in love’s own fulness thus designed
of the whole man to be the food.

By birth their fellow-man was he,
their meat, when sitting at the board;
he died, their ransomer to be;
he ever reigns, their great reward.

Part 2
O saving Victim, opening wide
the gate of heaven to man below,
our foes press on from every side:
thine aid supply, thy strength bestow.

All praise and thanks to thee ascend
for evermore, blest One in Three;
O grant us life that shall not end
in our true native land with thee. Amen.