God Eternal, Lord Of All

This hymn is a translations/paraphrase of the Te Deum,  the great hymn of praise and thanksgiving of the Church. It has been attributed alternately to Nicetas of Remesiana and St. Ambrose.

This is the full, original text as far as I have been able to find:

God eternal, Lord of all,
Lowly at Thy feet we fall;
All the earth doth worship Thee;
We amidst the throng would be.

All the holy angels cry,
“Hail, thrice holy, God most high!
Lord of all the heavenly powers
;”
Be the same loud anthem ours.

Glorified apostles raise
Night and day continual praise;
Hast Thou not a mission, too,
For Thy children here to do?

With Thy prophets’ goodly line
We in mystic bond combine;
For Thou hast to babes revealed
Things that to the wise were sealed.

Martyrs, in a noble host,
Of Thy cross are heard to boast;
Since so bright the crown they wear,
Early we Thy cross would bear.

All Thy Church in Heav’n and earth
Jesus, hail Thy spotless birth,
Own the God who all has made,
And the Spirit’s soothing aid.

Offspring of a virgin’s womb,
Slain, and victor o’er the tomb,
Seated on the judgment throne,
Number us among Thine own.!

Day by day we magnify Thee,
And would evermore be nigh Thee:
Keep us from the tempter’s snare;
Spare Thy people, Jesu, spare!

Words: attr. St. Ambrose, 4th C.; tr. James Elwin Millard, 1848.
Tune: “Urquell Aller Seligkeiten C. Kocher, 1786-1872.
Meter: 8.8.7.7

This is the text of the hymn as it appears in  Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867). It is listed in that hymnal as a hymn for school festivals:

God Eternal, mighty King,
Unto Thee our praise we bring;
All the earth doth worship Thee;
We amid the throng would be.

Holy, Holy, Holy! cry
Angels round Thy Throne on high:
Lord of all the heavenly powers,
Be the same loud anthem ours.

Glorified Apostles raise
Night and day continual praise;
Hast not Thou a mission too
For Thy children here to do?

With the Prophets’ goodly line
We in mystic bond combine;
For Thou hast to us revealed
Things that to the wise were sealed.

Martyrs, in a noble host,
Of the cross are heard to boast;
Oh, that we our cross may bear,
And a crown of Glory wear!

God Eternal, mighty King,
Unto Thee our praise we bring;
To the Father, and the Son,
And the Spirit, Three in One. 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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