Latinised Hymns

"For ever with the Lord!"

"For ever with the Lord!"
Amen; so let it be:
Life from the dead is in that word,
'Tis immortality.
Here in the body pent,
Absent from him I roam,
Yet nightly pitch my moving tent
A day's march nearer home.

My Father's house on high,
Home of my soul, how near
At times to faith's foreseeing eye
Thy golden gates appear!
Ah, then my spirit faints
To reach the land I love,
The bright inheritance of saints,
Jerusalem above.

"For ever with the Lord!"
Father, if 'tis thy will,
The promise of that faithful word
Even here to me fulfil.
Be thou at my right hand,
Then can I never fail;
Uphold thou me, and I shall stand,
Fight, and I must prevail.

So when my latest breath
Shall rend the veil in twain,
By death I shall escape from death,
And life eternal gain.
Knowing as I am known,
How shall I love that word,
And oft repeat before the throne,
"For ever with the Lord!"


"Semper cum Domino!"
Amen, hoc ita sit:
his verbis vitam vindico,
nec ulla mors erit.
Seclusus corpore
ab eo nunc vagor,
sed usque vesperi die
fit domus propior.

Paterna tu domus
excelsa, quam prope
cum fide providentibus
portae nitent tuae!
Ut cor desiderat
amatam patriam,
quae clara sanctos divitat,
Jerusalem novam!

"Semper cum Domino!"
Hoc, Pater, hic, tibi
si placet id pollicito,
perficias mihi.
Dexter mihi subes:
sic non deficiam,
hostesque te, qui sustines,
pugnante subigam.

Exspirans ultimum
cum velum ruperim
per mortem pulsa morte, tum
ut vivus usque sim,
ut scitus sic sciens,
quam laetus tunc ero,
his verbis gratias agens,
"Semper cum Domino!"

MM 29.6–9.7.99