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Thou loving Saviour of mankind

Thou loving Saviour of mankind

Translator: Edward Caswall; Author: Pope Gregory I
Published in 22 hymnals

Translator: Edward Caswall

Edward Caswall was born in 1814, at Yately, in Hampshire, where his father was a clergyman. In 1832, he went to Brasenose College, Oxford, and in 1836, took a second-class in classics. His humorous work, "The Art of Pluck," was published in 1835; it is still selling at Oxford, having passed through many editions. In 1838, he was ordained Deacon, and in 1839, Priest. He became perpetural Curate of Stratford-sub-Castle in 1840. In 1841, he resigned his incumbency and visited Ireland. In 1847, he joined the Church of Rome. In 1850, he was admitted into the Congregation of the Oratory at Birmingham, where he has since remained. He has published several works in prose and poetry. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >

Author: Pope Gregory I

Gregory I., St., Pope. Surnamed The Great. Was born at Rome about A.D. 540. His family was distinguished not only for its rank and social consideration, but for its piety and good works. His father, Gordianus, said to have been the grandson of Pope Felix II. or III., was a man of senatorial rank and great wealth; whilst his mother, Silvia, and her sisters-in-law, Tarsilla and Aemiliana, attained the distinction of canonization. Gregory made the best use of his advantages in circumstances and surroundings, so far as his education went. "A saint among saints," he was considered second to none in Rome in grammar, rhetoric, and logic. In early life, before his father's death, he became a member of the Senate; and soon after he was thirty and ac… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Thou loving Saviour of mankind
Author: Pope Gregory I
Translator: Edward Caswall
Copyright: Public Domain


Audi, benigne Conditor. St. Gregory the Great. [Lent.] This hymn is given in St.Gregory's Works (see Migne's Patrologia, tom. 78, col. 849, 850.) In the Roman Breviary, 1632 it occurs, almost unaltered, as the hymn at Vespers on the Saturday before the First Sunday in Lent, to the Saturday before Passion Sunday (the last exclusively), when the Ferial Office is said, Sundays included. [Rev. W. A. Shoults, B.D.]
Translations in common use:—

2. Thou loving Maker of mankind. By E. Caswall, from the Roman Breviary text. Appeared in his Lyra Catholica, 1849, p. 70, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and again in his Hymns & Poems, 1873, p. 39. It is given in several Roman Catholic and other collections, and altered as, "0 loving Maker of mankind," in the Hymnary, 1872,

-- Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Instances (1 - 22 of 22)

A Hymnal and Vesperal for the Seasons and Principal Festivals of the Ecclesiastical Year #d80

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American Catholic Hymnal #18

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Catholic Church Hymnal with Music #33

Catholic Hymns, Gregorian Institute Hymnal, Organ Accompaniments to the 3rd and Augmented Edition #d90

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Hymns and Chants #61

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Hymns and Songs for Catholic Children #54

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Hymns for the Reformed Church in the United States #121

Hymns of the Ages #d152

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Lyra Catholica #116

Popular Hymns for Youth #d148

St. Basil's Hymn Book #d155

St. Basil's Hymnal ... 10th ed. #d192

St. Basil's Hymnal. 3rd ed. #d154

St. Basil's Hymnal. Rev. ed. #d187

St. Francis Hymnal and Choir Manual #d362

The Ave Maria Hymnal. 2nd rev. ed. #d165

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The Catholic Hymn Book #47

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The Catholic Hymnal #35

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The De La Salle Hymnal #20

The Little Catholic Hymn Book #d87

The Parochial Hymnal, a Select Collection #d130

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The Sodalist's Hymnal #24

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