Savior of the Nations, Come

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1 Savior of the nations, come;
Show the glory of the Son!
Marvel now, O heaven and earth,
That our Lord chose such a birth.

2 Not by human flesh and blood,
By the Spirit of our God
Was the word of God made flesh--
Woman's offspring, pure and fresh.

3 Wondrous birth! O wondrous child
Of the Virgin undefiled!
Mighty God and man in one,
Eager now his race to run!

4 God Creator is his source,
Back to God he runs his course,
Down to death and hell descends,
God's high throne he reascends.

5 Now your lowly manger bright
Hallows night with newborn light;
Let no night this light subdue,
Let our faith shine ever new.

Source: Worship (3rd ed.) #372

Author (attributed to): St. Ambrose

Ambrosius (St. Ambrose), second son and third child of Ambrosius, Prefect of the Gauls, was born at Lyons, Aries, or Treves--probably the last--in 340 A.D. On the death of his father in 353 his mother removed to Rome with her three children. Ambrose went through the usual course of education, attaining considerable proficiency in Greek; and then entered the profession which his elder brother Satyrus had chosen, that of the law. In this he so distinguished himself that, after practising in the court of Probus, the Praetorian Prefect of Italy, he was, in 374, appointed Consular of Liguria and Aemilia. This office necessitated his residence in Milan. Not many months after, Auxentius, bishop of Milan, who had joined the Arian party, died; and m… Go to person page >

Translator (sts. 1-3a): William Reynolds

Born: March 4, 1812, Fay­ette Coun­ty, Penn­syl­van­ia. Died: Sep­tem­ber 5, 1876, Oak Park, Il­li­nois. Reynolds was ed­u­cat­ed at Jef­fer­son Coll­ege, Ca­non­sburg, Penn­syl­van­ia, and Luth­er­an Get­tys­burg Sem­in­ary. He was a pro­fes­sor at Penn­syl­van­ia Coll­ege (1833-50); pres­i­dent of Cap­i­tal Un­i­ver­si­ty, Co­lum­bus, Ohio (1850-53); and pres­i­dent of Il­li­nois State Un­i­ver­si­ty (1857-60). He be­came an or­dained Epis­co­pal min­is­ter in 1864, and found­ed the Evan­gel­i­cal Re­view. His last pas­tor­ate was at Christ Church, Har­lem (Oak Park), Il­li­nois, from 1872 un­til his death. Lyrics-- Come, Thou Sav­ior of Our Race Come, Th… Go to person page >

Translator (sts. 3b-5): Martin L. Seltz

(no biographical information available about Martin L. Seltz .) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Savior of the nations, come, Show the glory of the Son
Title: Savior of the Nations, Come
Latin Title: Veni Redemptor gentium
Author (attributed to): St. Ambrose
Translator (sts. 1-3a): William Reynolds
Translator (sts. 3b-5): Martin L. Seltz (alt.)
Meter: 7.7.7.7
Language: English
Publication Date: 1986
Copyright: This text may still be under copyright because it was published in 1986.

Tune

NUN KOMM, DER HEIDEN HEILAND

NUN KOMM DER HEIDEN HEILAND is a chorale derived from a chant. Among the simplest of the Lutheran repertoire, it is framed by identical lines–l and 4. Sing the entire hymn with antiphonal groups (the practice its original Latin author, Ambrose, strongly promoted). Sing some stanzas in unison and o…

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