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AMBROSIAN

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EASTER HYMN

Crimson glows the ruddy morning,

Alleluias fill the skies,
Earth rejoices, hell is mourning,

Mingled groans and shouts arise;

For the King, renowned, all glorious,

Comes His captive saints to free, Over death and hell victorious,

Pain and woe before Him flee!

Vain the rock with sealéd portal,

Him no Ronan guard can keep, Lo! in triumph clad, immortal,

He, the Victor, wakes from sleep.

Groans forevermore are ended,

Ended now the woes of hell, “Jesus hath from death ascended!”

Angels bright the message tell.

Chosen ones, with visage mournful,

Wept their Lord, betrayed and slain By the cruel, base and scornful,

Tortured, agonized with pain.

Sermone blando angelus
Praedixit mulieribus;
In Galilaea Dominus
Videndus est quantocius!

Illae dum pergunt concite
A postolis hoc dicere,
Videntes eum vivere
Osculantur pedes Domini.

Quo agnito discipuli
In Galilaeam propere
Pergunt videre faciem
Desideratam Domini.

Claro paschali gaudio
Sol mundo nitet radio,
Cum Christum iam apostoli
Visu cernunt corporeo.

Ostensa sibi vulnera
In Christi carne fulgida
Resurrexisse Dominum
Voce fatentur publica.

Rex Christe clementissime, Tu corda nostra posside, Ut tibi laudes debitas Reddamus omni tempore!

Now with voices wondrous tender,

Angels to the women speak, “ Homage to your Master render,

Him in Galilee go seek.”

While they now with joy and fearing

Speed, the message to repeat, They behold the Lord appearing,

Worship Him, and kiss His feet.

When His brethren learn the story,

Hasten they to Galilee; There, in resurrection glory,

Longing sore His face to see.

Now the world with light rejoices,

Cloudless beams the Easter sun, Saints lift up exultant voices,

They have seen th' Anointed One.

Seen by them, His body, wounded,

Shines as with celestial light, Christ, with witnesses surrounded,

Stands confessed, the Lord of might.

Christ, Thou King, most gracious ever,

Claim these restless hearts of ours, That with rapture ending never,

We may justly praise Thy powers!

AUGUSTINE

It is probable that Augustine wrote no hymns. The hymns which are called Augustinian are associated with his name because they are based upon some of his sayings and were formerly supposed to have been of his composition. He was born at Tagasta, in Numidia, November 13, 354 A.D. In his youth he was profligate, but was the object of most devoted prayer on the part of his mother, Monica. In 386 he came under the spell of the eloquent Ambrose at Milan, was converted, and became bishop of Hippo in Africa, in 396. He is the most famous of all the Latin fathers and the most influential. He was called “ the Numidian Lion." Tradition connects the “ Te Deum” with him and Ambrose, as having been spontaneously uttered in responsive verses by them at the baptism of Augustine.

Of the works of Augustine, says Professor March,“ • The Confessions - his autobiography, - is most read; “The City of God’ most praised.” His power is felt to this day in theology, his hand is seen in the shaping of creeds and systems in every century since his own.

He died August 28, 430.

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