Jesu, Our Captain And Our King

Jesu, our captain and our king

Translator: William John Blew
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1 Jesu, our captain and our king,
Adorable Defender;
Now comes the night on ebon wing,
And us to sleep we render.
Still rest we, Jesu, in Thy name,
Our keeper and our guard;
And wakeful thus in spirit claim
The watcher’s blest reward.

2 At noon of night, by Gospel voice
The Bridegroom is proclaimed;
He comes, in Him let all rejoice
By whom Heav’n’s realm is framèd.
Forth haste the holy maiden bands,
To meet His coming state;
Bearing their bright lamps in their hands
Joying with gladness great.

3 The foolish bide the gate before,
And hold their lamps long quenchèd;
Smiting in vain that palace door,
Whose bolts will ne’er be wrenchèd.
Then watch we and in spirit stand
With panoply complete;
That we, when Christ shall be at hand,
Go forth our Lord to greet.

4 At noon of night its warning thus
Doth voice of seer deliver;
Be praise unto the Lord from us—
To Sire and Son forever.
And to the Holy Ghost be praise;
For perfect Trinity,
Of substance one, by us always
Shall be praised and lauded be.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #14161

Translator: William John Blew

Blew, William John, M.A., son of William Blew, born April 13, 1808, and educated at Great Ealing School, and Wadham College, Oxford, where he graduated B.A. in 1830, and M.A., 1832. On taking Holy Orders, Mr. Blew was Curate of Nuthurst and Cocking, and St. Anne's, Westminster, and for a time Incumbent of St. John's next Gravesend. Besides translations from Homer (Iliad, bks. i., ii., &c.) and Æschylus (Agamemnon the King), and works on the Book of Common Prayer, including a paraphrase on a translation of the same in Latin, he edited the Breviarium Aherdonense, 1854; and published a pamphlet on Hymns and Hymn Books, 1858; and (with Dr. H. J. Gauntlett) The Church Hymn and Tune Book, 1852, 2nd ed. 1855. Tho hymns in this last work are chief… Go to person page >

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First Line: Jesu, our captain and our king
Title: Jesu, Our Captain And Our King
Latin Title: Jesu, defensor omnium
Translator: William John Blew
Source: Tr.: The Church Hymn and Tune Book (London: Francis & John Rivington, 1892); Mozarbic Hymnarium
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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