"And I beheld, and heard the voice of one eagle flying through the midst of heaven,
saying with a loud voice: Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth....
[Apocalypse (Revelation) 8:13]

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Breviary Hymn(Lauds), April 8th

Thirty years among us dwelling,
His appointed time fulfilled,
Born for this, he meets his Passion,
For that this he freely willed:
On the Cross the Lamb is lifted,
Where his life-Blood shall be spilled.
He endured the nails, the spitting,
Vinegar, and spear, and reed:
From that holy Body broken
Blood and Water forth proceed:
Earth, and stars, and sky, and ocean,
By that flood from stain are freed.
Faithful Cross! above all other,
One and only noble Tree;
None in foliage, none in blossom,
None in fruit thy peer may be:
Sweetest wood, and sweetest iron,
Sweetest weight is hung on thee.
Bend thy boughs, O Tree of glory,
Thy relaxing sinews bend:
For awhile the ancient rigour
That thy birth bestowed, suspend:
And the King of heavenly beauty
On thy bosom gently tend.
Thou alone wast counted worthy
This world's ransom to sustain,
That a shipwrecked race for ever
Might a port of refuge gain:
With the sacred Blood anointed
Of the Lamb for sinners slain.
To the Trinity be glory
Everlasting, as is meet:
Equal to the Father, equal
To the Son, and Paraclete:
Trinal Unity, whose praises
All created things repeat.  Amen.

1 comment:

  1. Lustra sex qui jam perégit,
    Tempus implens córporis,
    Sponte líbera Redémptor
    Passióni déditus,
    Agnus in Crucis levátur
    Immolándus stípite.

    Felle potus ecce languet:
    Spina, clavi, láncea
    Mite corpus perforárunt:
    Unda manat, et cruor:
    Terra, pontus, astra, mundus,
    Quo lavántur flúmine !

    Crux fidélis, inter omnes
    Arbor una nóbilis:
    Silva talem nulla profert
    Fronde, flore, gérmine:
    Dulce ferrum, dulce lignum,
    Dulce pondus sústinent.

    Flecte ramos, arbor alta,
    Tensa laxa víscera,
    Et rigor lentéscat ille,
    Quem dedit natívitas;
    Et supérni membra Regis
    Tende miti stípite.

    Sola digna tu fuísti
    Ferre mundi víctimam;
    Atque portum præparáre
    Arca mundo náufrago,
    Quam sacer cruor perúnxit,
    Fusus Agni córpore.

    Sempitérna sit beátæ
    Trinitáti glória,
    Æqua Patri, Filióque;
    Par decus Paráclito:
    Uníus Triníque nomen
    Laudet univérsitas. Amen.