This hymn was used for Nocturns on Tuesdays in Ordinary Time in the Paris Breviary (1736). This is the original text of the hymn from John Chandler’s 1837 Hymns of the Primitive Church.
He speaks the word; the floods obey,
And sink into their bed :
Emerging from her liquid veil,
Earth shows her new-born head.
This to His children, for their home,
The Father hath assigned;
One common earth contains them all,
One common love should bind.
We’ve no abiding city here,
But there’s a home above,
For those who live as sons of God,
In peace and holy love.
But they whose dark deceitful arts
Their fellow-men molest,
They shall not of thy love partake,
Nor come unto thy rest.
But, Lord, our hearts with holy peace,
And love, and concord, join;
These are the fruits that certify
That we are truly thine.
Eternal glory be ascribed
To God, who reigns above,
By whom is sent into our souls
The grace of holy love. Amen.
Words: Fr. Charles Coffin, 1736; tr. John Chandler, 1837.
Tune: “Graefenberg” J. Cruger, 1653.
**Note: Rev. Chandler did not translate the fifth verse of the Latin text.
The original Latin text of this hymn may be found here.