Savior of men, our joy supreme

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1 Savior of men, our joy supreme,
The heart’s desire and pure delight;
Who by Thy love didst those redeem,
Whom Thou created by Thy might:
What unknown love could Thee constrain,
Our sins, all sinless, to sustain?
And death’s sharp sting to crucify,
That we might live and never die?

2 Thou break’st through Chaos’ old domain,
Unbind’st the prisoned captive’s band,
And with triumphant state dost reign
In glory on Thy Sire’s right hand.
O for our woes benignly feel;
Our wounds with gentle mercy heal;
Our eyes, which long Thy face to see,
Glad with the blissful sight of Thee!

3 Be Thou our heav’nward guide and way,
Thou of our hearts the aim and goal;
Wipe Thou our tears with joy away,
Revive and gladden Thou the soul!
To Thee, ascended up to Heav’n,
Triumphant Son, be glory giv’n;
And, girt with Heav’n’s adoring host,
Thee, Sire of all; Thee, Holy Ghost!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11978

Author: Richard Mant

Mant, Richard D.D., son of the Rev. Richard Mant, Master of the Grammar School, Southampton, was born at Southampton, Feb. 12, 1776. He was educated at Winchester and Trinity, Oxford (B.A. 1797, M.A., 1799). At Oxford he won the Chancellor's prize for an English essay: was a Fellow of Oriel, and for some time College Tutor. On taking Holy Orders he was successively curate to his father, then of one or two other places, Vicar of Coggeshall, Essex, 1810; Domestic Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, 1813, Rector of St. Botolph, Bishopsgate, London. 1816, and East Horsley, 1818, Bishop of Killaloe, 1820, of Down and Connor, 1823, and of Dromore, 1842. He was also Bampton Lecturer in 1811. He died Nov. 2, 1848. His prose works were numerou… Go to person page >

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First Line: Savior of men, our joy supreme
Latin Title: Salutis humanae Sator
Author: Richard Mant
Source: Latin, probably 7th or 8th Century (Jesu nostra redemptio); Tr: Ancient Hymns from the Roman Breviary (London: J. G. & F. Rivington, 1837), alt.; Translated from the Roman Breviary
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



The tune CREATION is taken from the chorus “The Heavens Are Telling” from the well known oratorio The Creation (1798) by Franz Joseph Haydn (b. Rohrau, Austria, 1732; d. Vienna, Austria, 1809). Haydn's life was relatively uneventful, but his artistic legacy was truly astounding. He began his mus…

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