Ruler Of The Hosts Of Light

This hymn was used for Lauds for the Vigil of Pentecost in the Paris Breviary (1736).

This is the original text of the hymn from John Chandler’s 1837 Hymns of the Primitive Church:

Ruler of the hosts of light,
Death hath yielded to thy might,
And thy blood hath marked a road,
Which will lead us back to God.

From thy dwelling-place above,
From thy Father’s throne of love,
Look upon us here below,
Do not leave us in our woe.

Now thou sittest on thy throne,
By thy death thy sorrows won,
Now perform the promise given,
Send the Holy Ghost from heaven.

Praise the Son, who reigns on high
With the Father, in the sky:
And the Holy Ghost adore,
Three in One, for evermore. Amen.

Words: Unknown Author from the Cluniac Breviary, 1686; tr. John Chandler, 1837.
Tune:Canterbury” Orlando Gibbons, 1623.
Meter: 77.77

**Note: Rev. Chandler did not translate all the verses of the Latin text. One verse is untranslated in the original version.

Here is the text as it appears in Hymn Ancient & Modern (1867):

Ruler of the hosts of light,
Death hath yielded to Thy Might;
And Thy Blood hath marked a road
Which will lead us back to God.

From Thy Dwelling place above,
From Thy Father’s Throne of Love,
With Thy Look of Mercy bless
Those without Thee comfortless.

Bitter were Thy Throes on earth,
Giving to the Church her birth
From the Spear-wound opening wide
In Thine Own life-giving Side.

Now in Glory Thou dost reign,
Won by all Thy Toil and Pain;
Thence the promised Spirit send
While our prayers to Thee ascend.

Jesu, praise to Thee be given,
With the Father high in Heaven;
Holy Spirit, praise to Thee,
Now and through eternity. Amen.

The original Latin text of this hymn may be found here.



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