An Exile For The Faith

This is a hymn for the Feast of St. John the Evangelist. It was also used in the Paris Breviary for Lauds on the Feast of St. John the Apostle Before the Latin Gate (May 6.)

This is the original text of this hymn as it appeared in Lyra Catholica (1849). This translation follows the text of the Carcassonne Breviary except in the doxology:

An exile for the Faith
Of thy Incarnate Lord,
Beyond the stars,—beyond all space,
Thy soul unprison’d soar’d:

There saw in glory Him
Who liveth, and was dead;
There Juda’s Lion, and the Lamb
That for our ransom bled:

There of the Kingdom learnt
The mysteries sublime,—
How, sown in Martyrs’ blood, the Faith
Should spread from clime to clime.

There the new City, bath’d
In her dear Spouse’s light,
Pure seat of bliss, thy spirit saw,
And gloried in the sight.

Now to the Lamb’s clear fount,
To drink of life their fill,
Thou callest all ;—O Lord, in me
This blessed thirst instil.

To Jesus, Virgin born,
Praise with the Father be;
Praise to the Spirit Paraclete,
Through all eternity.

Words: Nicolas le Tourneux, 17th C.; tr. Fr. Edward Caswall, C.O., 1849.
Tune: Utretcht Berthold Tours, 1875.
Meter: 6.6.8.6

This is the text of the hymn as it appears in  Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867). This version follows the text of the Paris Breviary:

An exile for the Faith
Of his Incarnate Lord,
Beyond the stars, beyond all space,
His soul in vision soared:

There saw in Glory Him
Who liveth, and was dead;
There Judah’s Lion and the Lamb,
That for our ransom bled;

There of the Kingdom learnt
The mysteries sublime;
How, sown in martyrs’ blood, the Faith
Should spread from clime to clime.

Lord, give us Grace, like him,
In Thee to live and die;
To spurn the fleeting things of earth,
And seek for joys on high.

Jesu, our risen Lord,
We praise Thee and adore,
Who art with God the Father One,
And Spirit evermore. Amen.

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

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musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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