Latinised Hymns

When God of old came down from heaven

When God of old came down from heaven,
in power and wrath he came;
before his feet the clouds were riven,
half darkness and half flame:

But when he came the second time,
he came in power and love;
softer than gale at morning prime
hovered his holy Dove.

The fires, that rushed on Sinai down
in sudden torrents dread,
now gently light, a glorious crown,
on every sainted head.

And as on Israel's awestruck ear
the voice exceeding loud,
the trump that angels quake to hear,
thrilled from the deep, dark cloud;

So, when the Spirit of our God
came down his flock to find,
a voice from heaven was heard abroad,
a rushing, mighty wind.

It fills the Church of God; it fills
the sinful world around;
only in stubborn hearts and wills
no place for it is found.

Come Lord, come Wisdom, Love and Power,
open our ears to hear;
let us not miss the accepted hour;
save, Lord, by love or fear.


Olim descenderat Deus
et fortis et furens,
miscens tenebras ignibus
nimbosque dividens.

Sed iterum descendit is
et fortis et amans,
aurorae vento similis
columbamque imitans.

Flammaeque Sinaiticae
dira illa flumina
sanctorum molli decore
adornant capita.

Utque Israel in auribus
vox mira cecinit,
supernos terrens lituus
qui nube sonuit,

sic, venit cum Paraclitus
pecus suum petens,
e caelo sparsus est sonus
ventusque violens.

Hoc plena fit Dei domus
et quicquid exterum:
solis abest a cordibus
is pervicacium.

O docte amans potensque, nos
fac audiamus te:
amatos sive territos
salves in tempore.

MM 8–14.12.98