Two days ago, I made some introductory remarks about the famous hymn of Ambrose known to many speakers of English as “Savior of the Nations, Come,” and focused specifically on its authenticity and ancient witness. Today we will look at the first stanza of the hymn, which is omitted from our modern version.
This, then, is how the hymn begins:
Intende, qui regis Israel,
super Cherubin qui sedes,
adpare Ephrem coram, excita
potentiam tuam et veni.
Give ear, o Ruler of Israel,
you who sit upon the cherubim,
show yourself before Ephraim, stir up
your might and come. 1
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