On this day, the first of days

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1 On this day, the first of days,
God our Maker's name we praise;
Who, creation’s Lord and Sspring
Did the world from darkness bring.

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

3 Word-made-flesh, all praises be!
You from sin have set us free;
And with you we die and rise
Unto God in sacrifice.

4 Holy Spirit, you impart
Gifts of love to every heart;
Give us light and grace, we pray,
Fill our hearts this holy day.

5 God, the blessed Three in One,
May your holy will be done;
In your word our souls are free,
As we praise the Trinity.

Source: Worship (3rd ed.) #662

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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Instances (1 - 9 of 9)

Catholic Book of Worship III #590

Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #530


Hymnal 1982 #47

Hymns Old and New #402


Small Church Music #3446


The Cyber Hymnal #5360

The New English Hymnal #256


Worship (3rd ed.) #662

Worship (4th ed.) #825

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