Lord of immensity sublime

Lord of immensity sublime

Author: Edward Caswall
Published in 2 hymnals

Author: 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 >

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First Line: Lord of immensity sublime
Author: Edward Caswall


Immense coeli Conditor. St. Gregory the great? [Monday.] This hymn, on the Second Day of the Creation, has been frequently ascribed to St. Ambrose, but the Benedictine editors do not acknowledge it as his, nor is it claimed for him by Luigi Biraghi in his Inni sinceri e carmi de Sant Ambrogio, Milan, 1862. Mone thinks it is by St. Gregory, but it is not included in the Benedictine edition of St. Gregory's Opera. It is found as a Vesper hymn in almost all old Breviaries and hymnaries, generally assigned to Monday, as in the Roman, Sarum, York, Aberdeen, Mozarabic and other Breviaries.
[Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
Translations in common use:—
1. Floods of water, high in air. By T. Whytehead, in his Poems, 1842, p. 72, in 5 stanzas of 5 lines. This is a paraphrase rather than a translation of "Immense coeli Conditor." In 1872 it was given in the Hymnary as "Lo! the firmament doth bear."
2. Lord of immensity sublime. By R. Caswall. First published in his Lyra Catholica, 1849, p. 17, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and again in his Hymns & Poems, 1873, p. 11. It was repeated in the People's Hymnal, 1867.

--Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


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