O what their joy and their glory must be
O what their joy and their glory must be. Peter Abelard* (1079-1142), translated by John Mason Neale* (1818-1866).
The Latin text, ‘O quanta qualia sunt illa sabbata’* was written by Abelard for the Paraclete Hymnal* (Hymnarius Paraclitensis) used by the convent of the Paraclete near Paris founded by Heloise*. See Analecta Hymnica 48: 163. Neale’s translation was made for the Hymnal Noted Part II (1854). It was included, with alterations, in the Appendix (1868) to the First Edition of A&M, and has remained in all subsequent editions. It was also in EH/NEH. It was shortened from its original seven stanzas in SofP and further shortened in SofPE.
Neale’s translation loses two syllables,...
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