1 The eternal gifts of Christ the King,
the apostles' glory, let us sing;
and all, with hearts of gladness,
due hymns of thankful love and praise.
2 Theirs is the steadfast faith of saints,
and hope that never yields nor faints,
and love of Christ in perfect glow
that lays the prince of this world low.
3 In them the Father's glory shone;
in them the will of God the Son;
in them exults the Holy Ghost;
through them rejoice the heavenly host.
4 To thee, Redeemer, now we cry,
that thou wouldst join to them on high
thy servants, who this grace implore,
forever and forevermore.
|First Line:||The eternal gifts of Christ the King|
|Title:||The Eternal Gifts of Christ the King|
|Author:||Ambrose of Milan (340-397)|
|Translator:||John Mason Neale (1818-1866)|
|Topic:||Communion of Saints|
|Notes:||Alt Tune CHURCH TRIUMPHANT 599|
|Name:||AETERNA CHRISTI MUNERA|
|Harmonizer:||Alfred Whitehead (1887-1974)|
|Composer:||Giovanni Guidetti (1532-1592)|
|Source:||Directorium Chori, 1582|
|Copyright:||Harm. © 1975 Elizabeth Whitehead Lang|