Display Title: Lauda Sion Salvatorem First Line: Lauda Sion Salvatorem Date: 1870
As a historical document, and an example of harmonious and easy rhythmic flow of verse combined with the most definite doctrinal teaching, this sequence is of great interest. Considered however as a hymn for present day use (especially if for use in the Reformed Churches) the case is entirely different. Mane characterises it as "a dogmatic didactic poem on the Holy Communion;" and Kehrein as a "severely dogmatic sequence." It is in fact a doctrinal treatise in rhymed verse, setting forth the theory of Transubstantiation at length and in precise detail. In stanza vii. the refusal of the cup to the laity is implied in the assertion that the whole Christ is given in either species:—The modern use which is made of the hymn in its English forms will be gathered from the translations noted below. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.] In translating this Sequence no difficulty has been found where the translator has held the distinct doctrine of Transubstantiation in common with St. Thomas. The difficulty has arisen when his hard and clear cut sentences have had to be modified, and his dogmatism to be toned down to fit in with convictions of a less pronounced character. The result is that the translations for private devotion are usually very literal; whilst those for public worship are, either the former modified and arranged in centos, or else paraphrases which have little of the "Lauda Sion" in them but the name. The translations are:— 1. Break forth, 0 Sion, thy sweet Saviour sing. By F. C. Husenbeth, in his Missal for the Laity, 1840. This paraphrase is extended to 24 stanzas of unequal length, and is very literal in its doctrinal teaching. 2. Praise thy Saviour, Sion, praise Him. By E. B. Pusey in his translation of the Paradise of the Christian Soul, 1847, p. 133. This is a modified translation. 3. Praise high the Saviour, Sion, praise. By Canon Oakeley, in his translation of the Paradise of the Christian Soul. London, Burns, 1850, p. 414. A literal translation. 4. Sion, lift thy voice, and sing. By E. Caswall, in his Lyra Catholica, 1849, p. 236; and his Hymns and Poems, 1873, p. 124. A literal translation. 5. Praise, Oh Sion, praise thy Pastor. By J. R. Beste, in his Church Hymns, 1849, p. 17. A literal translation. 6. Zion, thy Redeemer praising. By A. D. Wackerbarth, in his Lyra Ecclesiastica , Pt. ii., 1843, p. 7. A literal translation. Also in O. Shipley's Annus Sanctus, 1884. 7. Praise, O Sion, praise thy Pastor. In the 1863 Appendix to the Hymnal Noted, No. 218. It is based upon Wackerbarth, but indebted more especially to Caswall and Beste. 8. Sion, praise thy Prince and Pastor. By W. J. Blew, in his Church Hymns & Tune Book, 1852-55. An abbreviated and modified form. 9. Laud, 0 Syon, thy Salvation. By J. D. Chambers, in his Lauda Syon, 1857, p. 222. Slightly modified. 10. Laud, 0 Sion, thy Salvation. A cento in O. Shipley's Divine Liturgy, 1863; again, in a different form, in the Altar Manual , by Littledale and Vaux, 1863, and again in the People's Hymnal, 1867. This cento is mainly from Dr. Pusey's, Wackerbarth's, and Chambers's translataions mostly rewritten. This, slightly altered, is in the Hymner , 1882. 11. Praise, 0 Sion, thy Salvation. A cento in the Hymnary , rewritten mainly from Wackerbarth, Chambers, and the People's Hymnal translations. It is given in two parts, Part ii. being "Lo, the bread which angels feedeth." Another translation of stanzas xi., xiii. in 7's metre, is given as Pt. iii., "Earthly pilgrim, joyful see." 12. Laud thy Saviour, Sion praise Him. A cento in 6 stanzas based chiefly on J. D. Chambers, Dr. Pusey, and others in the 1870 Appendix to the Hymnal for the Use of St. John the Evangelist, Aberdeen. 13. Sion, to Thy Saviour singing. By A. R. Thompson. This is merely a paraphrase of stanzas i.-iv., xi., xii. The essential part of the hymn is omitted, and as a rendering of St. Thomas's Sequence it has no claim. The 6 stanzas appeared in the American Sunday School Times, 1883; and again, in two parts, in Laudes Domini, 1884, Pt. ii. beginning, "Here the King hath spread His table." 14. Sing forth, 0 Sion, sweetly sing. By J. D. Aylward in 0. Shipley's Annus Sanctus, 1884. 15. Sion, praise Thy Saviour King. By J. Wallace, in his Hymns of the Church, 1874. A literal translation. Three versions from the older translators must be mentioned here:— 16. Praise, 0 Syon! praise thy Saviour. By R. Southwell, in his Mæniç, or Certaine excellent Poems and Spiritual Hymnes, &c, 1595. 17. A special theme of praise is read. A cento in 3 stanzas of 6 lines, by Bishop Cosin, in his Collection of Private Devotions, &c, 1627 (11th ed., 1838, p. 285). 18. Rise, royal Sion, rise and sing. By R. Crawshaw, in the 2nd edition of his Steps to the Temple, &c, 1648, and again in an altered form into the Dorrington and Hicke editions of John Austin's Devotions. From the foregoing translations and centos, stanzas xi. and xii., beginning, Ecce, panis Angelorum, are often used as a separate hymn. The following are the opening lines:— 1. See for food to pilgrims given. E. B. Pusey. (No. 2.) 2. The Bread of angels, lo, is sent. Canon Oakeley. (No. 3.) 3. Lo, upon the Altar lies. E. Caswall. (No. 4.) This is in use as translated by Caswall, and also altered to "Lo, before our longing eyes," in the Dutch Reformed Hymns of the Church, N. Y., 1869. 4. See the bread of angels lying. J. R. Beste. (No. 5.) 5. Bread that angels eat in heaven. A. D. Wackerbarth. (No. 6.) 6. Lo, the Bread which angels feedeth. Hymnal Noted (No.7), and the Hymnary, 1872. 7. Lo, the angels' Food is given. In the Introits prefixed to some editions of Hymns Ancient & Modern, n.d., and again in the People's Hymnal, 1867. This was repeated in the Appendix to Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1868; the Hymnary (with slight alterations), 1872; the Altar Hymnal, 1884. In Hymns Ancient & Modern 1875, it is claimed on behalf of "The Compilers." 8. Lo, the Bread which angels feedeth. J. D. Chambers. (No. 9.) 9. Lo the angels' food descending. A. R. Thompson. (No. 13.) 10. Behold, the Bread of angels, sent. J. D. Aylward. (No. 14.) Although the renderings in part and in whole of the "Lauda Sion" are thus numerous, the use of any of these translations in public worship is very limited. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)"Sub diversis speciebus, Signis tamen et non rebus Latent res exitniae: Caro cibus, sanguis potus, Manet tamen Christus totus Sub utraque specie."This, in Canon Oakeley's translation, 1850, reads:—"Beneath two differing species (Signs only, not their substances) Lie mysteries deep and rare; His Flesh the meat, the drink his Blood, Yet Christ entire, our heavenly food. Beneath each kind is there."Again in stanza x. St. Thomas is very definite and emphatic in his warning:—“Fracto demum sacramento Ne vacilles, sed memento, Tantuni esse sub fragmento, Quantum toto tegitur. Nulla rei fit scissura, Signi tantum fit fractura Qua nee status nee statura Signati minuitur."This is translation by Canon Oakeley as:—"Nor be thy faith confounded, though The Sacrament be broke; for know, The life which in the whole doth glow, In every part remains; The Spirit which those portions hide No force can cleave; we but divide The sign, the while the Signified Nor change nor loss sustains."