Light’s abode, celestial Salem

Light’s abode, celestial Salem. Latin, 15th century, translated by John Mason Neale* (1818-1866). This is Neale’s translation of part of ‘Jerusalem luminosa’*, a hymn from a 15th-century manuscript at Karlsruhe published by Franz Joseph Mone in 1853. It has been ascribed to Thomas à Kempis*, but this is uncertain. Neale’s translation of seven verses appeared in the Hymnal Noted Part II (1854). A translation of more of the original 17 Latin verses appeared in Neale’s Hymns, chiefly Mediaeval, on the Joys and Glories of Paradise (1865). With some alteration, the hymn was included in the Appendix (1868) to the First Edition of A&M, and it has remained in all subsequent editions of...

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