1 He who once, in righteous vengeance,
Whelmed the world beneath the flood,
Once again in mercy cleansed it
With the stream of His own Blood,
Coming from His throne on high
On the painful Cross to die.
2 O the wisdom of the Eternal!
O its depth, and height divine!
O the sweetness of that mercy
Which in Jesus Christ doth shine!
We were sinners doomed to die;
Jesus paid the penalty.
3 When before the Judge we tremble,
Conscious of His broken laws,
May the blood of His atonement
Cry aloud and plead our cause,
Bid our guilty terrors cease,
Be our pardon and our peace.
4 Prince and Author of salvation!
Lord of majesty supreme!
Jesus! praise to Thee be given
By the world Thou didst redeem:
Glory to the Father be,
And the Spirit, One with Thee.
Source: Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #162
This Office is one of those added to the Roman Breviary since 1735. In the Bologna edition, 1827, it is given in the Appendix to the Pars Vernalis as one of the festivals of March, and as a double of the first class; but by a decree of Pope Pius IX., Aug. 10, 1849, it is ranked as a double of the second class and appointed for the 1st Sunday in July.The text is found as above in the Appendix, 1827, p. 233, in 6 stanzas, and is repeated in subsequent editions of the Roman Breviar. Also in Daniel, ii. p. 355. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.] Translation in common use:-- He Who once in righteous vengeance. By E. Caswall. Published in his Lyra Catholica, 1849, p. 85, in 6 stanzas of 6 lines; and again in his Hymns & Poems, 1873, p. 47. In 1853, stanzas i., iv.-vi. were given in the Cooke & Denton Hymnal, No. 6. This arrangement of the text has been repeated in a large number of hymn-books in Great Britain and America, and is the popular form of the hymn. In the 1862 Appendix to the H. Noted, No. 298, the full text is given; and in the Hymnary, 1872, stanza iii. is omitted. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)