1 Now the world new pleasures finds;
Hastes its votive sweets to pay;
All its wintry shroud unwinds,
Casts grave-clothes and night away.
Wakes to see its Savior rise,
Wakes on earth and in the skies;
Keeps His Paschal holy day.
2 Nimbly glide the ductile fires;
Rolls the light its tidal joys;
Ocean’s axles smooth their tires;
The world purges all alloys:
Clouds ascend the highest blue,
Weights their lowest depths pursue,
Earth upholds its equipoise.
3 Heav’n itself, now more serene,
Tempers all its breezes keen;
Brightly smiles the waters’ sheen:
And vales, terraced high in flowers,
All their drought with streamlets flush,
Pearl their dew with sunlight’s gush;
Spring leads on his joyous hours.
4 Now the prince of all the world
Winter’s icy flag has furled;
Downward all his might is hurled;
The tyrant of all mankind,
When he sought the spotless soul
Of the Savior to control,
Cast his kingdom to the wind.
5 Life has triumphed over death;
Sinking to the hell beneath,
Man recovers living breath;
And opens his eyes to see
All the joys of paradise;
For the cherub’s flaming sword
Turns but one way—to the Lord.
Adam of St. Victor. Of the life of this, the most prominent and prolific of the Latin hymnists of the Middle Ages, very little is known. It is even uncertain whether he was an Englishman or a Frenchman by birth. He is described by the writers nearest to his own epoch, as Brito, which may indicate a native of either Britain, or Brittany. All that is certainly known concerning him is, that about A.D. 1130, after having been educated at Paris, he became, as quite a young man, a monk in the Abbey of St. Victor, then in the suburbs, but afterwards through the growth of that city, included within the walls of Paris itself. In this abbey, which, especially at that period, was celebrated as a school of theology, he passed the whole of the rest of h… Go to person page >
Translator: Herbert Kynaston
Kynaston, Herbert, D.D., was born Nov. 23, 1809, and educated at Westminster School, and Christ Church, Oxford (of which he was sometime Student), where he graduated in 1831 (1st class Lit. Hum.). Taking Holy Orders in 1834, he became Head Master of St. Paul's School, London, in 1838; Select Preacher of the University of Oxford, 1842-43; Rector of St. Nicholas-Cole-Abbey, with St. Nicholas Olave, 1850-66; and Prebendary of Holborn in St. Paul's Cathedral, 1853. He died Oct. 1878. His Miscellaneous Poems were published in 1840, and his hymns as follows:—
(1) Occasional Hymns (original and translated), 1862. (2) Occasional Hymns, 2nd series, pt. i., 1864. (3) Occasional Hymns, 2nd series, pt. ii., chiefly on the Miracles, 1866.
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Display Title: Now The World New Pleasures FindsFirst Line: Now the world new pleasures findsTune Title: THE BEGINNING OF MONTHSAuthor: Adam of St. Victor, 12th century; Herbert KynastonMeter: 77.77.777Source: Tr.: Occasional Hymns (London: R. Clay, Son & Taylor, 1862)