Jesu, all holy

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1 Jesu, all holy,
gentle and lowly,
snow-white lily of the vale;
thou art our Master,
Monarch and Pastor,
Priest, Interceder,
Prophet and Leader,
Refuge, Defender,
loving and strong:
Sovran supernal,
Son of th'Eternal,
born of Mary-maiden, hail!
Fountain of gladness,
solace in sadness,
more than a brother,
father or mother,
to thee we render tribute of song.

2 Jesu, we bless thee,
worship, confess thee;
shepherd of the sheep thou art:
shelter, protect us,
tend and direct us,
strong of arm and kind of heart:
shadow and moonlight
turn into moonlight;
soften the scorner,
comfort the mourner,
rule our behavior, order our way:
bide with us, giving
grace to the living,
shrift to the dying
freely supplying,
be thou our Savior ever and aye.

Source: Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #341

Author: George Ratcliffe Woodward, 1848-1934

Educated at Caius College in Cambridge, England, George R. Woodward (b. Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, 1848; d. Highgate, London, England, 1934) was ordained in the Church of England in 1874. He served in six parishes in London, Norfolk, and Suffolk. He was a gifted linguist and translator of a large number of hymns from Greek, Latin, and German. But Woodward's theory of translation was a rigid one–he held that the translation ought to reproduce the meter and rhyme scheme of the original as well as its contents. This practice did not always produce singable hymns; his translations are therefore used more often today as valuable resources than as congregational hymns. With Charles Wood he published three series of The Cowley Carol Book (19… Go to person page >

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