O God of truth, O Lord of might
O God of truth, O Lord of might. Latin, school of Ambrose of Milan*, translated by John Mason Neale* (1818-1866).
This is a translation of the Latin ‘Rector potens, verax Deus’*, long associated with the canonical hour of Sext, the time of the mid-day meal under the ‘ignibus meridiem’ (‘noon-day’s fiery beams’). Neale’s translation appeared in The Hymnal Noted Part I (1851), and in a much altered form in the First Edition of A&M:
Neale, 1851A&M, 1861
O God of truth, O Lord of might, Who ord’rest time and change aright, And send’st the early morning ray, And light’st the glow of perfect day:
Extinguish Thou each sinful fire, And banish every ill desire: And while Thou...
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