Gregory I., St., Pope. Surnamed The Great. Was born at Rome about A.D. 540. His family was distinguished not only for its rank and social consideration, but for its piety and good works. His father, Gordianus, said to have been the grandson of Pope Felix II. or III., was a man of senatorial rank and great wealth; whilst his mother, Silvia, and her sisters-in-law, Tarsilla and Aemiliana, attained the distinction of canonization. Gregory made the best use of his advantages in circumstances and surroundings, so far as his education went. "A saint among saints," he was considered second to none in Rome in grammar, rhetoric, and logic. In early life, before his father's death, he became a member of the Senate; and soon after he was thirty and ac… Go to person page >
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Now, when the dusky shades of night retreating. [Morning.] This cento was given in Hedge and Huntington's Hymns for the Church of Christ, Boston, U.S.A., 1853, No. 404, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. The first stanza is an altered form of stanza i. of W. J. Copeland's translation of "Ecce jam noctis." It is suggested in the Index of Latin first lines in Thring's Collection, 1882, that stanza iii. ("Look from the tower of heaven") is also from the same Latin hymn; stanza ii. ("To Thee Whose word, &c") is from "Lucis Creator optime," and stanza vi. (“So when the morn, &c") is from "Nocte surgentes, &c." Possibly this may be so, but the resemblance is remote. The hymn as in the Hys. for the Church of Christ, either in full or in part, is in a great many hymn-books in Great Britain and America, including the Plymouth Collection, 1855; Kennedy, 1863; the Hymnary, 1872; Thring's Collection, 1882, &c. In most collections stanzas iv and v. of the 1853 text are omitted, and sometimes a doxology is added.
Display Title: Now, When the Dusky Shades of NightFirst Line: Now, when the dusky shades of night, retreatingTune Title: LAUS MATUTINAAuthor: Gregory I, 540-604Meter: 18.104.22.168Source: This translation appeared anonymously in Hedge and Huntington’s Hymns for the Church of Christ (Boston, Massachusetts: 1853)