Maker of all, eternal king

Maker of all, eternal king

Author: St. Ambrose; Translator: Wiliam John Copeland
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Author: St. Ambrose

Ambrosius (St. Ambrose), second son and third child of Ambrosius, Prefect of the Gauls, was born at Lyons, Aries, or Treves--probably the last--in 340 A.D. On the death of his father in 353 his mother removed to Rome with her three children. Ambrose went through the usual course of education, attaining considerable proficiency in Greek; and then entered the profession which his elder brother Satyrus had chosen, that of the law. In this he so distinguished himself that, after practising in the court of Probus, the Praetorian Prefect of Italy, he was, in 374, appointed Consular of Liguria and Aemilia. This office necessitated his residence in Milan. Not many months after, Auxentius, bishop of Milan, who had joined the Arian party, died; and m… Go to person page >

Translator: Wiliam John Copeland

Copeland, William John, B.D., born at Chigwell, Sept. 1, 1804, and educated at St. Paul's School, and Trinity College, Oxford, graduating B.A. 1829, M.A. 1831, and B.D. 1840. He was a Scholar of his College, and afterwards Fellow and Dean. Taking Holy Orders, he became Curate of Hackney, and of Littlemore, and in 1849 Rector of Farnham, Essex, and Rural Dean of Newport. He was also Chaplain to the Bishop of St. Albans. Died at Farnham, Aug. 25, 1885. Mr. Copeland has published:— Hymns for the Week, and Hymns for the Seasons. Translated from the Latin. Lond., W. J. Cleaver, 1848. He was also the Editor of Card. Newman's Sermons. These translations are mostly from the Roman Breviary, and preceded those by E. Caswall, published in 1849.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Maker of all, eternal king
Latin Title: Aeterne rerum conditor
Author: St. Ambrose
Translator: Wiliam John Copeland
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Aeterne rerum conditor. St. Ambrose. [Sunday Morning.] This hymn by St. Ambrose is received as genuine by the Benedictine editors…. The use of this hymn has been most extensive. In the Mozarabic Breviary (1502, f. 2) it is the hymn at Matins on the 1st Sunday in Advent, and generally on Sundays in Advent, Lent, Palm Sunday, Whitsun Day, &c.; in the Sarum, York, Evesham, Hereford, and St. Alban's, at Lauds on Sundays from the Octave of the Epiphany to Lent, and from the 1st Oct. to Advent; in the Worcester at Matins (so also some old Breviaries of the Benedictine Order (Daniel, i. g. 15); and in the Roman, for Sundays at Lauds, from the Octave of the Epiphany to the 1st Sunday in Lent, and from the S. nearest to the 1st of Oct. to Advent.
The text of this hymn is found in the Junius of the 8th century, No. xxv., and in two llth century manuscripts in the British Museum (Harl. 2961, f. 2186; Jul. A. vi. f. 19). In the Latin Hymns of the Anglo-Saxon Church, 1851, it is printed from a Durham manuscript of the llth century, and is given in the following works: St. Ambrosii Opp., Paris, 1836, p. 200; Daniel, i. 15, iv. 3; Trench, 1864, 243; Cardinal Newman's Hymni Ecclesiae, 1838, &c. Daniel and Trench are specially rich in illustrative notes. The variations in the Roman Breviary are also found in these works. [Rev. W. A. Shoults, B. D.]
Translations in common use:— 1. Maker of all, Eternal King. By W. J. Copeland from the Roman Breviary, 1st published in his Hymns for the Week, &c, 1848, in 9 stanzas of 4 lines, and from thence it passed into the People's Hymnal, 1867, &c. --Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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