Ye Who Messiah Seek

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1 Ye who Messiah seek
Aloft your eyes incline,
And see yon "holy mount" bespeak
His deathless glory’s sign.

2 There faith may One behold,
Majestic, vast, sublime;
Who ne’er began, ne’er ends; controlled
By neither space nor time.

3 ’Tis Judah’s king, decreed
The Gentiles’ crown to wear;
The faithful Abraham’s promised seed,
The royal David’s heir.

4 The prophets Him record,
Of Him the signals give;
The Father witnesses the Word,
And bids us, "hear, believe."

5 Jesus, be glory Thine,
To babes and sucklings known;
While in the midst Thy symbols shine
Of Heav’n’s triunal throne.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8398

Author: Aurelius Clemens Prudentius

Marcus Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, "The Christian Pindar" was born in northern Spain, a magistrate whose religious convictions came late in life. His subsequent sacred poems were literary and personal, not, like those of St. Ambrose, designed for singing. Selections from them soon entered the Mozarabic rite, however, and have since remained exquisite treasures of the Western churches. His Cathemerinon liber, Peristephanon, and Psychomachia were among the most widely read books of the Middle Ages. A concordance to his works was published by the Medieval Academy of America in 1932. There is a considerable literature on his works. --The Hymnal 1940 Companion… Go to person page >

Translator: 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: Ye who Messiah seek
Title: Ye Who Messiah Seek
Latin Title: Quicumque Christum quaeritis
Author: Aurelius Clemens Prudentius
Translator: Richard Mant
Meter: 6.6.8.6
Source: Tr.: Ancient Hymns from the Roman Breviary (London, J. G. & F. Rivington, 1837)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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