1 Infant of days, yet Lord of Life,
Sweet Prince of Peace, All hail!
Oh! We are weary of the strife,
The din with which earth's fields are rife,
And we would list the tale
That chimes its Christmas news for us,
"In terra Pax, In terra Pax
Pax, Pax hominibus
Pax, Pax Interra
2 "Peace I leave with you," was again
Thy dying Gift to earth;
Sweet echo of the lingering strain
Of Christmas morn, the glad Refrain
Of Anthems at Thy Birth;
When Angel choirs hymned forth to us
"In terra Pax hominibus."
3 O olive Branch! O Dove of Peace!
Brooding o'er stormy waters !
When shall the flood of woe decrease ?
When shall the dreary conflict cease,
And earth's sad sons and daughters
With glad hearts hail Thy word to us,
"In terra Pax hominibus?"
4 O hear Thy Church, with one accord,
Her long-lost Peace imploring:
Be it according to thy word;
Thy reign of Peace bring in, Dear Lord;
Heav'n's Peace to earth restoring.
And Peace Eternal, Jesu, grant, we pray.
"In caelo Pax, Et in Excelsis, Gloria,
Et in Excelsis Gloria,
Pax, Et in Excelsis, Gloria.
Et in Excelsis, Gloria,
Et in Excelsis, Gloria.
Alderson, Eliza Sibbald, née Dykes, granddaughter of the Rev. Thomas Dykes, of Hull, and sister of the Rev. Dr. Dykes, born in 1818, and married, in 1850, to the Rev. W. T. Alderson, some time chaplain to the West Riding House of Correction, Wakefield. Mrs. Alderson is the author of the following hymns, the first of which is likely to attain a commanding position:—
1. And now, beloved Lord, Thy soul resigning. [Passiontide.] A hymn of more than usual merit, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, written in 1868 at the request of Dr. Dykes. In 1875, stanzas i., ii., v. and vi., were given in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern, No. 121, with a special tune Commendation by Dr. Dykes. The full original text is restored in Thring's… Go to person page >