O Thou True Life Of All That Live!

This hymn is used for None on Sundays and Weekdays throughout the year in the Extraordinary form and the Ordinary Form.

O Thou true life of all that live!
Who dost, unmov’d, all motion sway;
Who dost the morn and evening give,
And through its changes guide the day:

Thy light upon our evening pour,—
So may our souls no sunset see;
But death to us an open door
To an eternal morning be.

Father of mercies! hear our cry;
Hear us, O sole-begotten Son!
Who, with the Holy Ghost most high,
Reignest while endless ages run.

Words: Attr. St. Ambrose, 4th C.; tr. Fr. Edward Caswall, 1849.
Tune:Rerum Deus Tenax Vigor” Gregorian Chant, Mode II, traditional.*

*This tone is used for Sundays throughout the year. There are a number of other musical settings for this hymn.

The original Latin text may be found here.


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This entry was posted in Edward Caswall, English Translation of Non-English Hymn, Hymns By The Greats, Non-English Hymns, None, Roman Breviary, Saints of the Church (Canonized or Beatified), St. Ambrose, The Liturgy of Hours/Breviary. Bookmark the permalink.

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