Scripture Verse

The Father…the Son and…the Holy Spi­rit. Matthew 28:20


John M. Neale (1818–1866)


Words: Un­known au­thor, 11th Cen­tu­ry or ear­li­er (Ades­to, sanc­ta Tri­ni­tas). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by John M. Neale in The Hym­nal Not­ed (Lon­don & New York: No­vel­lo, Ew­er: 1851), num­ber 35.

Music: Ades­to Sanc­ta Tri­ni­tas Chartres church me­lo­dy (🔊 pdf nwc).


Be present, Holy Tri­ni­ty,
Like splen­dor, and one De­ity:
Of things above, and things be­low,
Beginning, that no end shall know.

Thee all the ar­mies of the sky
Adore, and laud, and mag­ni­fy;
And na­ture, in her tri­ple frame,
Forever sanc­ti­fies Thy name.

And we, too, thanks and hom­age pay,
Thine own ador­ing flock to­day;
O join to that ce­les­ti­al song
The prais­es of our sup­pli­ant throng!

Light, sole and one, we Thee con­fess,
With tri­ple praise we right­ly bless;
Alpha and Ome­ga we own,
With ev­ery Spi­rit round Thy throne.

To Thee, O un­be­got­ten One,
And Thee, O sole be­got­ten Son,
And Thee, O Ho­ly Ghost, we raise
Our eq­ual and eter­nal praise.