All prophets hail thee, from of old rejoicing.
All prophets hail thee, from of old rejoicing. Thomas Alexander Lacey* (1853-1931).
This is one of the few hymns on the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as related in Luke 2: 22-33. It is a translation of a Latin hymn attributed to Hrabanus Maurus* (ca. 780-856) beginning ‘Quod chorus vatum venerandus olim’. It was translated into fluent Sapphic stanzas:
All prophets hail thee, from of old announcing, By the inbreathèd Spirit of the Father, God’s Mother, bringing prophecies to fullness Mary the maiden.
Thou the true Virgin Mother of the Highest, Bearing incarnate God in awed obedience, Meekly acceptest for a sinless offspring Purification.
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