Christ is made the sure Foundation

Christ is made the sure Foundation. Latin, probably 7th century, translated by John Mason Neale* (1818-1866). This is a translation of verses beginning ‘Angularis fundamentum’* from the hymn ‘Urbs beata Ierusalem’* (see ‘Blessed city, heavenly Salem’*). It is found in manuscripts of the 11th century, but is probably much earlier (see JJ, pp. 1198-99). The translation was printed as a single nine-verse hymn in Neale’s Mediaeval Hymns and Sequences (1851). In The Hymnal Noted Part I (1851), it was divided into two, the second beginning as above. Both hymns then ended with Neale’s doxology, ‘Laud and Honour to the Father’. The First Edition of A&M and EH followed the Hymnal Noted in...

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