Of Twofold Natures, Christ, the Giver

Of Twofold Natures, Christ, the Giver

Author: Joseph of the Studium; Translator: John Mason Neale (1862)
Published in 2 hymnals

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Of twofold natures, CHRIST, the Giver
Of immortality and love,
Ascendeth to the FATHER’s glory,
Ascendeth to the Throne above:
Wherefore He, this glorious morn,
Be by all adored:
Thou That liftest up our horn,
Holy art Thou, LORD!


Slaves are set free, and captives ransomed:
The Nature that He made at first
He now presenteth to the FATHER,
The chains of her damnation burst:
This the cause that He was born,
Adam’s race restored:
Thou That liftest up our horn,
Holy art Thou, LORD!

Emptied awhile of all His brightness,
He entered thus the glorious fight;
O’erthrew the foe, mankind exalted
Far above every Pow’r and Might:
Therefore bare He pains and scorn,
Calvary’s heart-blood poured:—
Thou That liftest up our horn,
Holy art Thou, LORD!


Praising the LORD they stood, the Martyr Three,
Untouched amidst the fire, and wholly free:
With them associate, let the world’s wide frame
To Him Whose healing dew restrained the flame,
Send up the hymn of praise, and magnify His Name!

Hymns of the Eastern Church, 1866

Author: Joseph of the Studium

Joseph of the Studium [Joseph of Thessalonica]. This person not the same person wrongly named by Dr. Neale in his Hymns of the Eastern Church as Joseph of the Studium, author of the great Canon for the Ascension. That Joseph is St. Joseph the Hymnographer. Joseph of Thessalonica, younger brother of St. Theodore of the Studium, q.v., was some time Bishop of Thessalonica, and died in prison, after great suffering inflicted by command of Theophilus. He was probably the author of the Triodia in the Triodion, and certainly of five Canons in the Pentecostarion to which his name is prefixed. His pieces have not been translated into English. [Rev. H. Leigh Bennett, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907) Go to person page >

Translator: John Mason Neale

John M. Neale's life is a study in contrasts: born into an evangelical home, he had sympathies toward Rome; in perpetual ill health, he was incredibly productive; of scholarly tem­perament, he devoted much time to improving social conditions in his area; often ignored or despised by his contemporaries, he is lauded today for his contributions to the church and hymnody. Neale's gifts came to expression early–he won the Seatonian prize for religious poetry eleven times while a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, England. He was ordained in the Church of England in 1842, but ill health and his strong support of the Oxford Movement kept him from ordinary parish ministry. So Neale spent the years between 1846 and 1866 as a warden of Sackvi… Go to person page >

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First Line: Of Twofold Natures, Christ, the Giver
Author: Joseph of the Studium
Translator: John Mason Neale (1862)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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