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THE Spoiler fierce is lying low,

The vanquisher is vanquished,
And he who breathed forth death, is now

Himself in noblest triumph led. 2 The ravening wolf of Benjamin

At early morn went forth to slay ;
But with the sheep, when eve comes in,

He shall in peace divide the prey.

3 Her foe is now the Church's rock,

A wolf no more, a lamb is he;
Himself he yieldeth for the flock:

() Jesu, nought is hard with Thee !

4 Thy voice, O Lord, the mountain shakes,

And all the trees that grow thereon;
From Thee it goeth forth, and breaks

The cedars of proud Lebanon.

5 Good Shepherd, keep us as of old,

The foe confound, the flock defend;
And, if we wander from Thy fold,

Again to Thee our bosoms bend.

6 To God, the Three in One, be praise

Supreme, and honour infinite;
Who to His glory's living rays,
Hath called us from the dead of night.

Amen.

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THE

great Apostle, called by grace, Weaned from all works beside, Preached the same faith he once abhorred

And Christ whom he denied.

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In perils and in troubles oft,

His toilsome life he past ;
But He who turned his heart at first,

Upheld him to the last.

3 A chosen vessel of His will,

He fought the fight of faith,
And gained the crown of righteousness,

Obedient unto death.

4 Thus, Lord of grace, to all Thy will

Obedient may we be,
And follow meekly in his steps,

E'en as he followed Thee.

5* To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

The God Whom we adore,
Be glory; as it was, is now,
And shall be evermore. Amen.

H. Alford.

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Purification of St. Mary the Virgin.

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229.
Templi sacratas, pande, Sion, fores.
1 Sion, ope thy hallowed dome;

To His Temple Christ is come :
Lifeless shadows, haste away,
Grace and Truth beam out to-day.

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Flocks and herds shall bleed no more ;
Stanched the flood of reeking gore ;
Lo! He comes from Heaven above,
Victim to His Father's Love.

3 Lo! the Virgin's downcast eye

Owns His hidden Godhead nigh :
Heavenly musings, all unheard,
Meetly hail the silent Word ;

4. Whilst to heaven her pious love

Duly vows the sacred dove,
And upon her bosom lies,
More than dove-like Sacrifice.

5 Aged Simeon sees at last

Hopes foretold from ages past;
Anna doth the Presence own
Yearning faith so long hath known.

6 Glory be to Father, Son,

And Blest Spirit, Three in One:
Lord, on high to Thee we raise
Faithful hearts in ceaseless praise. Amen.

1. Willians. (tr. *)

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Exultet orbis gaudiis.
LET all on earth with songs rejoice,
Let heaven return the exulting voice ;
Let heaven and earth together raise
The great Apostles' glorious praise.

2 Thou, at whose word they spread the light

Of heavenly truth o'er heathen night,
Lights of the world for evermore;
Their light, O Lord, around us pour.

3 Thou, at whose will to them 'twas given

To bind or loose in earth or heaven;
Our chains unbind, our sins remove,
And lift our souls to things above.

4. Thou, in whose might they spake the word,

Which cured disease, and health restored ;
To us its healing power prolong,
Support the weak, confirm the strong.

5 And when Thou, Lord, again shalt come

To speak the world's unerring doom-
O then with them pronounce us blest,
And place us in Thine endless rest.

6 To Thee, O Father ! Son, to Thee !

To Thee, blest Spirit! glory be;
As ever was in ages past,
And shall be still while ages last. Amen.

Bp. R. Mant. (tr.*) 208 Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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PRAISE we the Lord this day,

This day so long foretold,
Whose promise shone with cheering ray

On waiting saints of old.

2

The Prophet gave the sign

For faithful men to read ;
A Virgin, born of David's line,

Shall bear the promised Seed.

3

Ask not how this should be,

But worship and adore ;
Like her, whom heaven's Majesty

Came down to shadow o'er.

4

Meekly she bowed her head

To hear the gracious word ;
Mary, the pure and lowly maid,

The favoured of the Lord.

5

Blessèd shall be her name

In all the Church on earth,
Through whom that wondrous mercy came,

The Incarnate Saviour's birth.

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Jesu, the Virgin's Son,

We praise Thee and adore,
Who art with God the Father One,

And Spirit evermore. Amen.

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