May I enter Sion's portal

Author: Hildebert of Manz

Hildebert, who sprang from a family of no great position, was born at Laverdin, near Montoire, in France, 1057. Brought up at the feet of Berengarius of Tours (a pupil of Erigena) he so profited by the opportunities thus afforded him of acquiring learning, as to become one of the most cultivated scholars of his age. Having for some years been a Professor of Theology at Mans, he became at the age of forty (1097) Bishop of that see. He was translated, in 1125, to the Archbishopric of Tours, and died 1134. Hildebert's character as an individual has been very differently drawn by different writers, for while Trench describes him as " a wise and gentle prelate, although not wanting in courage to dare and fortitude to endure, when the cause of t… Go to person page >

Translator: Alexander Ramsay Thompson

Thompson, Alexander Ramsay, D.D., a minister of the American Reformed Dutch Church, was born at New York, Oct. 22, 1812, and graduated at the New York University, 1842, and the Princeton Seminary, 1845. He was Reformed Dutch Pastor at various places, including East Brooklyn, St. Paul's (R. P. D.), New York City, North Reformed Church, Brooklyn (1874), and others. Dr. Thompson was joint editor of the Reformed Dutch Hymns of the Church, N. Y., 1869, and the Hymns of Prayer and Praise, 1871. He has contributed original hymns and translations from the Latin to these collections, to Schaff’s Christ in Song, 1869, and to the Sunday School Times, Philadelphia, 1883, &c. In addition two original hymns:— 1. 0 Thou Whose filmed and fading eye.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: May I enter Sion's portal
Latin Title: Me receptet Sion illa
Author: Hildebert of Manz
Translator: Alexander Ramsay Thompson
Language: English
Publication Date: 1870
Copyright: Public Domain


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