He who once, in righteous vengeance

He who once, in righteous vengeance

Translator: Edward Caswall (1848)
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1 He, Who once in righteous vengeance
Whelmed the world beneath the flood,
Once again in mercy cleansed it
With His own most precious 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 did 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.

Source: International Song Service: with Bright Gems from fifty authors, for Sunday-schools, gospel meetings, missionary and young people's societies, prayer-meetings, etc. #240

Translator: Edward Caswall

Edward Caswall was born in 1814, at Yately, in Hampshire, where his father was a clergyman. In 1832, he went to Brasenose College, Oxford, and in 1836, took a second-class in classics. His humorous work, "The Art of Pluck," was published in 1835; it is still selling at Oxford, having passed through many editions. In 1838, he was ordained Deacon, and in 1839, Priest. He became perpetural Curate of Stratford-sub-Castle in 1840. In 1841, he resigned his incumbency and visited Ireland. In 1847, he joined the Church of Rome. In 1850, he was admitted into the Congregation of the Oratory at Birmingham, where he has since remained. He has published several works in prose and poetry. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >


Ira justa Conditoris. [Passiontide.] In the Office of the Most precious Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ this is the hymn at Matins.

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)



MEINE HOFFNUNG received its name from its association with Joachim Neander's (PHH 244) text "Meine Hoffnung stehet feste" ("All My Hope on God Is Founded"). The tune was published with Newton's text in Neander's Alpha and Omega (1680). (The chorale found in Johann S. Bach's Cantata 40 is very loosel…

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