Patriarch (Christopher Upton)
- Editor: Christopher Upton (submitted 2012-05-24). Score information: A4, 1 page, 62 kB Copyright: CC BY NC SA
- Edition notes:
Composer: Christopher Upton
Description: Hymn tune, 87. 87. 77, set to When the Patriarch was returning.
Original text and translations
WHEN the Patriarch was returning
Crown'd with triumph from the fray,
Him the peaceful king of Salem
Came to meet upon his way;
Meekly bearing bread and wine,
Holy priesthood's awful sign.
On the truth thus dimly shadow'd,
Later days a lustre shed;
When the great High-Priest eternal,
Under forms of wine and bread,
For the world's immortal food,
Gave his flesh and gave his blood.
Wondrous gift! - The word who fashion'd
All things by his might divine,
Bread into his body changes,
Into his own blood the wine -
What though sense no change perceives?
Faith admires, adores, believes.
He who once to die a victim,
On the Cross, did not refuse,
Day by day, upon our altars,
That same sacrifice renews;
Through his holy priesthood's hands,
Faithful to his last commands.
While the people all uniting
In the sacrifice sublime,
Offer Christ to his high Father,
Offer up themselves with Him;
Then together with the priest
On the living Victim feast.
Praise the Universal Maker,
Father of the world of men;
Praise the Son, whose life-blood flowing
Bought our captive souls again;
Gracious Breath of Life Divine –
Praise, O Triune God, be Thine! Amen.
Cluniac Breviary, 1686
Tr. E Caswall (1814-78)