From heaven’s height Christ spake to call

From heaven’s height Christ spake to call

Author: St. Peter Damian; Translator: J. M. Neale
Published in 2 hymnals

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1 From heaven's height Christ spake to call
the Gentiles' great apostle, Paul,
whose doctrine, like the thunder, sounds
to the wide world's remotest bounds.

2 O bliss of Paul, beyond all thought,
to paradise, yet living, caught!
He hears the heavenly mysteries there,
which mortal tongue cannot declare.

3 The word's good seed abroad he flings;
straightway a mighty harvest springs,
and fruits of holy deeds supply
God's everlasting granary.

4 The lamp his burning faith displays
has filled the world with glorious rays;
that darkness' realm may be o'erthrown,
and Christ may reign, and reign alone.

Source: CPWI Hymnal #759

Author: St. Peter Damian

Damiani, or Damian, Peter, Saint, Cardinal, Bishop, and Doctor of the Church, whom Dom Gueranger calls "The austere reformer of the 11th century," was born at Ravenna, about 988. He was the youngest of many children. His mother abandoned him as a babe, and his life was only saved by his being discovered by a faithful female servant, who took care of him until such time as his mother relented and received him back again. Both his parents dying while he was very young, he fell into the hands of a married brother, who, treating him with great harshness and regarding him rather as a slave than a near relation, sent him,”when he was grown up, into the fields to feed swine.” In spite of this treatment, he early developed a virtuous and pious… Go to person page >

Translator: J. M. Neale

John M. Neale's life is a study in contrasts: born into an evangelical home, he had sympathies toward Rome; in perpetual ill health, he was incredibly productive; of scholarly tem­perament, he devoted much time to improving social conditions in his area; often ignored or despised by his contemporaries, he is lauded today for his contributions to the church and hymnody. Neale's gifts came to expression early–he won the Seatonian prize for religious poetry eleven times while a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, England. He was ordained in the Church of England in 1842, but ill health and his strong support of the Oxford Movement kept him from ordinary parish ministry. So Neale spent the years between 1846 and 1866 as a warden of Sackvi… Go to person page >

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First Line: From heaven’s height Christ spake to call
Latin Title: Paule, doctor egregie
Author: St. Peter Damian
Translator: J. M. Neale
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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