This hymn is on the days of creation. The last thirteen stanzas are used as a hymn in and of themselves. John Mason Neale translates a portion of this hymn as a hymn for Saturday evening in his Hymnal Noted (1851).
This is the text of this hymn as it appears in the 1856 edition of John Mason Neale’s Hymnal Noted, expanded edition (1854):
God ended all the world’s array,
And rested on the Seventh Day:
His holy voice proclaim’d it blest,
And nam’d it for the Sabbath rest.
And He Who death by death subdued,
And yesterday our life renew’d,
On Saturday His Sabbath kept,
As in the heart of earth He slept.
His servants, while they dwell below,
Six days of this world’s labour know:
Six days to bear the Cross have they,
And o’er Hell’s pow’rs to force their way.
But when the conflict shall be o’er,
And conquer’d sin can harm no more,
The soul, releas’d from fleshly chain,
Shall Life’s eternal Sabbath gain.
Then, then that Sunday shall ensue,
Whose end no eye shall ever view;
When this our flesh, from sin set free,
Shall put on immortality.
Then soul and body shall possess,
United, double blessedness;
When we the ramparts shall ascend
Of that bright realm which cannot end.
O Father, that we ask be done
Through Jesus Christ, Thine Only Son;
Who, with the Holy Ghost and Thee,
Shall live and reign eternally. Amen.
Words: St. Bede the Venerable, 672-735; tr. John Mason Neale, 1854.
Tune: “Aeterna Christi Munera (Rouen)” Rouen Church Melody.*
*Neale provides several tunes from for this text – so far I do not know of where I could find a sound file demonstrating these tunes.
The original Latin text of this hymn (Post Facta Celsa Conditor) may be found here.