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Savior eternal! Health and life of the world

Savior eternal! Health and life of the world

Translator: Maxwell J. Blacker
Published in 2 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Saviour eternal!
Health and life of the world unfailing.

2 Light everlasting!
And in verity our redemption,

3 Grieving that the ages of men must perish
Thro' the tempter's subtlety,

4 Still in heav'n abiding, thou cames earth-ward
Of thine own great clemency:

5 Then freely and graciously
Deigning to assume humanity,

6 To lost ones and perishing
Gavest thou thy free deliverance,
Filling all the world with joy.

7 O Christ, our souls and bodies cleanse
By thy perfect sacrifice;

8 That we as temples pure and bright
Fit for thine abode may be.

9 By thy former advent justify,

10 By thy second grant us liberty:

11 That when in the might of glory
Thou descendest, Judge of all,

12 We in raiment undefiled,
Bright may shine, and ever follow,
Lord, thy footsteps blest, where'er they lead us.

Source: The New English Hymnal #502

Translator: Maxwell J. Blacker

Maxwell, Julius Blacker M.A., son of V. Blacker of Marylebone, b. May 27, 1822, educated at Merton College, Oxford, ordained in 1848, held several curacies, including that of St. Bar­na­bas, Pim­li­co and died June 11, 1888. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix Part II, (1907) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Savior eternal! Health and life of the world
Translator: Maxwell J. Blacker
Source: Before 11th Century
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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The New English Hymnal #502

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