If There Be That Skills To Reckon

Mone lists this hymn under the title “De Gloria Caelestis Jerusalem in Communi.” John Julian indicates it is usually given for All Saints Day (Nov. 1).

This is the text of this hymn as it appears in the 1856 edition of John Mason Neale’s Hymnal Noted, expanded edition (1854). It is listed as a hymn for All Saints in that hymnal:

If there be that skills to reckon
All the number of the Blest,
He, perchance, can weigh the gladness
Of the everlasting rest
Which, their earthly warfare finish’d,
They through suff’ring have possest.

Through the vale of lamentation
Happily and safely past,
Now the years of their affliction
In their mem’ry they recast,
And the end of all perfection
They can contemplate at last.

For they see their cruel Tempter
Suff’ring torments evermore;
To the Saviour That redeem’d them
Those redeem’d ones praises pour,
And the Monarch That rewards them
Those rewarded saints adore.

In a glass, through types and riddles,
Dwelling here, we see alone;
Then serenely, purely, clearly,
We shall know as we are known;
Fixing our enlighten’d vision
On the glory of the Throne.

There the Trinity of Persons
Unbeclouded shall we see!
There the Unity of Essence
Shall reveal’d in glory be;
While we hail the Three-fold Godhead
Aid the simple Unity.

Wherefore, man, take heart and courage
Whatsoe’er thy present pain;
Such untold reward through suff’ring
Thou may’st merit to attain;
And for ever in His Glory
With the Light of Light to reign.

Laud and honour to the Father;
Laud and honour to the Son;
Laud and honour to the Spirit;
Ever Three and ever One:
Consubstantial, Coeternal,
While unending ages run. Amen.

Words: Anonymous, 15th C.; tr. John Mason Neale, 1854.
Tune: “Collaudemus” French carol.*

*Neale provides a tune from The Salisbury Hymnal for this text – so far I do not know of where I could find a sound file demonstrating this tune.

The original Latin text of this hymn may be found here (see the cento).

About Noah

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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