An exile for the faith

An exile for the faith. Nicholas le Tourneaux* (1640-1686), translated by Edward Caswall* and others. This hymn, ‘Iussu tyranni pro fide’, is found in the Cluniac Breviary of 1686, for the Festival of St John the Evangelist. It describes the visionary experience recounted in the last book of the Bible; and refers to the tradition, thought improbable, that St John the Apostle and author of the Fourth Gospel, was also the author of Revelation (‘of St John the Divine’). A translation by Caswall and the Compilers was printed in the First Edition of A&M. This consisted of the five stanzas in the Cluniac Breviary: Iussu tyranny pro fide – ‘An exile for the faith’illic revelebat se tibi –...

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