Most Ancient of all Mysteries

This hymn about the Trinity was written by English priest, hymn-writer and translator Frederick William Faber (1813-1863).

With meter 8.6.8.6, it is usually set to the tune ST FLAVIAN - from Day's Psalter 1562.  Other tunes it has been set to include
  • ST BENEDICT
  • DETROIT


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Examples


Organ and congregation - MELCOMBE



Solo singer, unaccompanied:  ST FLAVIAN


Lyrics

Traditional language

Most ancient of all mysteries,
Before Thy throne we lie;
Have mercy now, most merciful,
Most holy Trinity.

When heav'n and earth were yet unmade,
When time was yet unknown,
Thou in Thy bliss and majesty
Didst live and love alone.

Thou wert not born; there was no fount
From which Thy Being flowed;
There is no end which Thou canst reach;
But Thou art simply God.

How wonderful creation is,
The work which Thou didst bless,
And O what then must Thou be like,
Eternal loveliness!

O listen then, most pitiful,
To Thy poor creature's heart:
It blesses Thee that Thou art God,
That Thou art what Thou art.

Most ancient of all mysteries,
Still at thy throne we lie;
Have mercy now, most merciful,
Most holy Trinity.

Modern English

Most ancient of all mysteries,
Before Thy throne we lie;
Have mercy now, most merciful,
Most holy Trinity.

When heav'n and earth were yet unmade,
When time was yet unknown,
Thou in Thy bliss and majesty
Didst live and love alone.

Thou wert not born; there was no fount
From which Thy Being flowed;
There is no end which Thou canst reach;
But Thou art simply God.

How wonderful creation is,
The work which Thou didst bless,
And O what then must Thou be like,
Eternal loveliness!

O listen then, most pitiful,
To Thy poor creature's heart:
It blesses Thee that Thou art God,
That Thou art what Thou art.

Most ancient of all mysteries,
Still at thy throne we lie;
Have mercy now, most merciful,
Most holy Trinity.

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