On this day, the first of days

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1 On this day, the first of days,
God the Father's name we praise;
Who, creation’s Font and Spring,
Did the world from darkness bring.

2 On this day th'eternal Son
Over death his triumph won;
On this day the Spirit came
With the gifts of living flame.

3 O that fervent love today
May in ev'ry heart have sway,
Teaching us to praise aright
God the source of life and light.

4 Father, who created me
Image of yourself to be,
May your grace be ever mine,
Fill me with your love divine.

5 Holy Word, all praises be!
You, from sin have set me free;
And, upon love's flame, arise
Unto you a sacrifice.

6 Holy Spirit, you impart
Gifts to shine in ev'ry heart;
Best of gifts, yourself bestow;
Dwell in me your love to know.

7 God, the blessed Three in One,
Father, Spirit with the Son;
One in you with all above,
We send forth our hearts of love.

Source: Journeysongs (3rd ed.) #447

Translator: H. W. Baker

Baker, Sir Henry Williams, Bart., eldest son of Admiral Sir Henry Loraine Baker, born in London, May 27, 1821, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated, B.A. 1844, M.A. 1847. Taking Holy Orders in 1844, he became, in 1851, Vicar of Monkland, Herefordshire. This benefice he held to his death, on Monday, Feb. 12, 1877. He succeeded to the Baronetcy in 1851. Sir Henry's name is intimately associated with hymnody. One of his earliest compositions was the very beautiful hymn, "Oh! what if we are Christ's," which he contributed to Murray's Hymnal for the Use of the English Church, 1852. His hymns, including metrical litanies and translations, number in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern, 33 in all. These were cont… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: On this day, the first of days
Latin Title: Die parente temporum
Translator: H. W. Baker (1861)
Source: Latin; Le Mans Breviary (1748)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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Breaking Bread (Vol. 39) #698

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Catholic Book of Worship III #590

Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #530

Hymns Old and New #402

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Journeysongs (2nd ed.) #468

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Journeysongs (3rd ed.) #447

One in Faith #800

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RitualSong #843


Small Church Music #3446


The Cyber Hymnal #5360


The Hymnal 1982 #47

The New English Hymnal #256


Worship (3rd ed.) #662

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Worship (4th ed.) #825

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