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Ambrose of Milan’s “Veni, Redemptor Gentium”

Placing yet one more ancient hymns up, here is one from Ambrose of Milan (340-397) His “Veni, Redemptor Gentium” or “Come, Thou Redeemer of the earth.” This is another hymn,which was at one point adapted into a more well known Hymn. This translation comes from Schaff’s History of the Church (Volume 3)

Come, Thou Redeemer of the earth,
Come, testify Thy Virgin Birth:
All lands admire—all times applaud:
Such is the birth that fits a God.

Begotten of no human will,
But of the Spirit, mystic still,
The Word of God, in flesh arrayed,
The promised fruit to man displayed.

The Virgin womb that burden gained
With Virgin honor all unstained:
The banners there of virtues glow:
God in His Temple dwells below.

Proceeding from His chamber free,
The royal hall of chastity,
Giant of twofold substance, straight
His destined way He runs elate.

From God the Father He proceeds,
To God the Father back He speeds:
Proceeds—as far as very hell:
Speeds back—to light ineffable.

O equal to the Father, Thou!
Gird on Thy fleshly trophy (mantle) now
The weakness of our mortal state
With deathless might invigorate.

Thy cradle here shall glitter bright,
And darkness breathe a newer light,
Where endless faith shall shine serene,
And twilight never intervene.

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