On this day, the first of days

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1 On this day, the first of days,
God the Father's name we praise;
Who, creation’s Lord and Spring,
Did the world from darkness bring.

2 On this day th'eternal Son
Over death his triumph won.
On this day the Spirit came
With his gifts of living flame.

3 Father, Who did fashion me
Image of thyself to be,
Fill us with that love divine,
And conform our wills to thine.

Source: Breaking Bread (Vol. 39) #698

Translator: H. W. Baker

Baker, Sir Henry Williams, Bart., eldest son of Admiral Sir Henry Loraine Baker, born in London, May 27, 1821, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated, B.A. 1844, M.A. 1847. Taking Holy Orders in 1844, he became, in 1851, Vicar of Monkland, Herefordshire. This benefice he held to his death, on Monday, Feb. 12, 1877. He succeeded to the Baronetcy in 1851. Sir Henry's name is intimately associated with hymnody. One of his earliest compositions was the very beautiful hymn, "Oh! what if we are Christ's," which he contributed to Murray's Hymnal for the Use of the English Church, 1852. His hymns, including metrical litanies and translations, number in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern, 33 in all. These were cont… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: On this day, the first of days
Latin Title: Die parente temporum
Translator: H. W. Baker (1861)
Source: Latin; Le Mans Breviary (1748)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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Breaking Bread (Vol. 39) #698

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Catholic Book of Worship III #590

Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #530

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CPWI Hymnal #31

Hymns Old and New #402

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Journeysongs (2nd ed.) #468

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Journeysongs (3rd ed.) #447

One in Faith #800

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RitualSong #843


Small Church Music #3446


The Cyber Hymnal #5360


The Hymnal 1982 #47

The New English Hymnal #256


Worship (3rd ed.) #662

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Worship (4th ed.) #825

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