Jerusalem luminosa

Jerusalem luminosa. Latin, before 15th century. This hymn is from a 15th-century manuscript at Karlsruhe, printed by Franz Joseph Mone (the archivist at Karlsruhe) in his Lateinische Hymnen des Mittelalters (Freiburg, 1853). There has been speculation that the author was Thomas à Kempis* (it is ‘ascribed’ to him in A&MCP) but there is no firm evidence for this. It had 17 stanzas. Seven of them were translated by John Mason Neale* in the Hymnal Noted Part II (1854), beginning ‘Light’s abode, celestial Salem’*. A longer translation appeared in Hymns, chiefly Mediaeval, on the Joys and Glories of Paradise...

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