11978. Savior of men, our joy supreme

1 Savior of men, our joy supreme,
The heart’s desire and pure delight;
Who by Thy love didst those redeem,
Whom Thou created by Thy might:
What unknown love could Thee constrain,
Our sins, all sinless, to sustain?
And death’s sharp sting to crucify,
That we might live and never die?

2 Thou break’st through Chaos’ old domain,
Unbind’st the prisoned captive’s band,
And with triumphant state dost reign
In glory on Thy Sire’s right hand.
O for our woes benignly feel;
Our wounds with gentle mercy heal;
Our eyes, which long Thy face to see,
Glad with the blissful sight of Thee!

3 Be Thou our heav’nward guide and way,
Thou of our hearts the aim and goal;
Wipe Thou our tears with joy away,
Revive and gladden Thou the soul!
To Thee, ascended up to Heav’n,
Triumphant Son, be glory giv’n;
And, girt with Heav’n’s adoring host,
Thee, Sire of all; Thee, Holy Ghost!

Text Information
First Line: Savior of men, our joy supreme
Latin Title: Salutis humanae Sator
Translator: Richard Mant
Meter: LMD
Language: English
Source: Latin, probably 7th or 8th Century (Jesu nostra redemptio); Translated from Roman Breviary; Tr: Ancient Hymns from the Roman Breviary (London: J. G. & F. Rivington, 1837), alt.
Notes: Alternate tunes: ACONCAGUA by Claud H. Bottoms; BARKINGSIDE by James D. Vaughan; BUCAREŞTI; COMPLETE IN THEE by Talmage J. Bittikofer
Tune Information
Composer: Franz Josef Haydn (1798)
Meter: LMD
Key: A♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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