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LYRA ECCLESIASTICA :
Ancient & Godly Latin Hymns
WITH AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION
IN CORRESPONDING METRE.
ATHANASIUS DIEDRICH WACKERBARTH, A.B
J. BOHN, HENRIETTA-STREET, COVENT GARDEN.
C. DOLMAN, NEW BOND STREET.
147. g. 547.
ARTHUR DAVID WHITE, ESQ.
IN WHOSE DISPOSITION
THE WARMTH OF ST. IGNATIUS LOYOLA
IS HAPPILY BLENDED WITH
THE GENTLENESS OF ST. BERNARD,
THESE GEMS OF THE PIETY OF BETTER AGES
BY HIS EVER DEVOTED FRIEND
In better and holier ages than this, when the sacred flame inkindled by the faith of CHRIST, the hope of heaven, and the love of GoD and man, burned brighter and steadier in men's hearts, the fathers gave way to the warmth of their devotion in hymns of such surpassing beauty and such deep and glowing feeling, that I believe there is none that bears the shape and soul of man, but who will speedily find on them the stamp of unfeigned and allembracing charity, the marks of a "heart that GOD has touched," and lips that have been cleansed by fire from off the altars of the heaven of heavens.
Latin, the consecrated language of all Christendom, farther beautified with the sparkling ornament of rhyme, was the appropriate garb