O God, whose hand has spread the sky

O God, whose hand has spread the sky

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 God, whose hand has spread the sky
Author: John Mason Neale

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Coeli Deus sanctissime. [Wednesday.] This hymn is sometimes ascribed to St. Ambrose, but on insufficient authority. It is found in two forms, the first what is usually received as the original, and the second the revised text in the Roman Breviary, 1632. Both texts are given in Daniel, i., No. 52; and the first in Mone, No. 277, who notes the oldest form of the hymn from a ms. of the 8th century, in the Town Library at Trier. The first form is in the Mozarabic, York, Sarum, and many other Breviaries, both English and continental, but the Roman form is only in that Breviary. It is found in three manuscripts of the 11th century, in the British Museum (Vesp. D. xii. f. 19; Jul. A. vi. f. 27; Harl. 2961, f. 223); in a manuscript of the 9th century, at St. Gall, No. 20; and also printed from an 11th century manuscript at Durham in the Latin Hymns of the Anglo-Saxon Church, 1851. [Rev. W. A. Shoults, B.D.] In annotating the translations it will be necessary to take the two forms of the hymn:— i. The Textus Receptus. Translation in common use:— 0 God, Whose hand doth spread the sky, by J. M. Neale, in the enlarged edition of the Hymnal Noted, 1854, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and the Hymner, 1882. --Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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