Christ has come for our salvation

Christ has come for our salvation

Author: Adam, de Saint-Victor; Author: E. A. Dayman
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Author: Adam, de Saint-Victor

Adam of St. Victor. Of the life of this, the most prominent and prolific of the Latin hymnists of the Middle Ages, very little is known. It is even uncertain whether he was an Englishman or a Frenchman by birth. He is described by the writers nearest to his own epoch, as Brito, which may indicate a native of either Britain, or Brittany. All that is certainly known concerning him is, that about A.D. 1130, after having been educated at Paris, he became, as quite a young man, a monk in the Abbey of St. Victor, then in the suburbs, but afterwards through the growth of that city, included within the walls of Paris itself. In this abbey, which, especially at that period, was celebrated as a school of theology, he passed the whole of the rest of h… Go to person page >

Author: E. A. Dayman

Dayman, Edward Arthur, B.D., 3rd son of John Dayman, of Mambury, N. Devon, born at Padstow in Cornwall, 11th July, 1807, and educated at Blundell's School, Tiverton, Devon, and Exeter College Oxon. 1st Class in Lit. Hum. 1829, B.A. 1830, M.A. 1831, B.D. 1841. He was for some time Fellow and Tutor of his College, and Pro-Proctor, 1835. Taking Holy Orders in 1835, he became successively examiner for University Scholarship for Latin, 1838; in Lit. Hum., 1838-1839, and 1841-1842, Sen. Proctor of the University 1840, Rector of Shilling-Okeford or Shillingstone, Dorset, 1842; Rural Dean, 1849; Proctor in Convocation, 1852; and Hon. Canon of Bitton in Sarum Cathedral, 1862. His works include Modern Infidelity, 1861, and Essay on Inspiration, 1864.… Go to person page >

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First Line: Christ has come for our salvation
Author: Adam, de Saint-Victor
Author: E. A. Dayman
Copyright: Public Domain


Nato nobis Salvatore. Adam of St. Victor. [Christmas.] This fine sequence is given by L. Gautier in his Oeuvres poétiques D’Adam de Saint-Victor, 1881, p. 237, among the "Proses attributed to Adam." According to Gautier it is not found in the Graduals of St. Victor or of St. Genevieve; but is in a 13th century Paris Gradual in the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris (No. 15,615), and other sources. He says the ascription is at least "very probable," and so prints the text in full. The text is also in Daniel, ii. p. 222 ; Neale's Hymni Ecclesiae, 1851, p. 64; Kehrein, No. 23; Wrangham, 1881, i. 34, &c. Stanza i., ll. 4-6, of this sequence:—

"Nobis datus, nobis natus,
Et nobiscum conversatus
Lux et salus gentium,"

appear in the "Pange lingua" of St. Thomas of Aquino as "Nobis natus, nobis datus ex intacta virgine, Et in mundo conversatus, sparso verbi semine." Translated as:—
Christ has come for our salvation. By E. A. Dayman, made for and published in the Hymnary, 1871. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

-Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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