‘Gainst What Foemen Art Thou Rushing

This hymn was used for Nocturns for the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul (January 25) in the Paris Breviary(1736). This is the original text of the hymn from John Chandler’s 1837 Hymns of the Primitive Church.

‘Gainst what foemen art thou rushing,
Saul, what madness drives thee on?
Innocents in fury crushing,
Children of the sinless One;
Oh, how shortly
Shall He make His vengeance known!

See the Lord, from heaven descending,
Smites him, blinds him, lays him low:
See the persecutor bending
Humbly, meekly to the blow.
See him rising
Friend to Christ, no longer foe.

Breathing slaughter, chains preparing,
Oh! how fierce his anger burned:
Now that he has lost his daring,
And the Gospel truth has learned,
The destroyer
Now into a lamb is turned.

Christ, thy power is man’s salvation,
And thy love is here made known:
He who wrought such desolation
That thy cause might be o’erthrown,
Now converted,
Makes that sacred cause his own.

Praise the Father, God of heaven,
Him who reigns supreme on high:
Praise the Son, for sinners given
Both to suffer and to die:
Praise the Spirit,
Who prepares us for the sky. Amen.

Words: Fr. Jean-Baptiste de Santeul, 1689; tr. John Chandler, 1837.
Tune: “St. Garmon” E.M. Prices, 1816-1898.
Meter: 8.7.8.7.4.7

This is the text of the hymn as it appears in  Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867):

‘Gainst what foemen art thou rushing?
Saul, what madness drives thee on?
Innocents in fury crushing,
Children of the sinless One:
O, how shortly
Shall He make His Vengeance known!

See the Lord, from heaven descending,
Smites him, blinds him, lays him low;
See the persecutor bending
Humbly, meekly to the blow:
See him rising,
Friend to Christ, no longer foe.

Breathing slaughter, chains preparing,
O, how fierce his anger burned;
Trembling now, and lost his daring,
Meek obedience he has learned:
The destroyer
Now into a lamb is turned.

Christ, Thy Power is man’s Salvation,
Hardest hearts Thou mak’st Thine Own;
He who wrought such desolation,
That Thy Name might be o’erthrown,
Now converted,
Through the world that Name makes known.

Praise the Father, God of Heaven,
Him Who reigns Supreme on high;
Praise the Son for sinners given
Both to suffer, and to die;
Praise the Spirit
Guiding us most lovingly. Amen.

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

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One Response to ‘Gainst What Foemen Art Thou Rushing

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