O Christ, our King, give ear

O Christ, our King, give ear

Author: John Mason Neale
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Author: John Mason Neale

Neale, John Mason, D.D., was born in Conduit Street, London, on Jan. 24, 1818. He inherited intellectual power on both sides: his father, the Rev. Cornelius Neale, having been Senior Wrangler, Second Chancellor's Medallist, and Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, and his mother being the daughter of John Mason Good, a man of considerable learning. Both father and mother are said to have been "very pronounced Evangelicals." The father died in 1823, and the boy's early training was entirely under the direction of his mother, his deep attachment for whom is shown by the fact that, not long before his death, he wrote of her as "a mother to whom I owe more than I can express." He was educated at Sherborne Grammar School, and was afterwards… Go to person page >

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First Line: O Christ, our King, give ear
Author: John Mason Neale
Refrain First Line: Have mercy on us, Lord


Audi nos, Rex Christe. Anon. [Processional.] First published from a manuscript of the 11th century, at Clermont, by Du Méril, in his Poésies Populaires Latines du moyen age, Paris, 1847, pp. 56-58, together with an extensive note. The text was repeated by Daniel, iv. p. 171, with reference to Du Méril. It is a Pilgrim's song, and as such it might be used as a Processional. Dr. Neale has printed Du Méril's text (without the various readings) in his Hymni Ecclesiae, 1851, p. 227; and Mr. Ellerton (with the readings) in his Notes on Church Hymns, 1881, No. 440, where he falls into the error of giving the date of the first, 1843, instead of the second, 1847, volume of Du Méril's work. [Rev. W. A. Shoults, B.D.] Translations in common use:-— 1. 0 Christ, our King, give ear. By J. M. Neale, first published in his Mediaeval Hymns, 1851, in 8 stanzas of 3 lines, including the chorus. The Society from Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871, No. 440, omits the chorus and stanza ii. 2. 0 blessed Trinity, No. 299, in the Hymnary, is Dr. Neale's rendering expanded into 7 stanzas of 6 lines. It was designed as a Processional for the Rogation Days. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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