O let the heart beat high with bliss

O let the heart beat high with bliss. Latin, 15th century, translated by Percy Dearmer*.   The Latin text, ‘Exultet cor praecordiis’, was found in a Sarum Breviary of 1495, and is in two 16th-century Breviaries, Hereford (1505) and Aberdeen (1510) (Frost, 1962, p. 520). A translation in five stanzas was made for the First Edition of A&M (1861), beginning ‘Let every heart exulting beat’, and placed in the ‘General Hymns’. It was not included in the Second Edition (1875), nor in any subsequent edition of A&M .  Percy Dearmer translated the Latin text in eight 4-line stanzas for EH, where it was included in the section entitled ‘The Holy Name’:  O let the heart beat high with...

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