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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.





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

And Christ whom he denied.


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.


Purification of St. Mary the Virgin.


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.


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. *)



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.



PRAISE we the Lord this day,

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

On waiting saints of old.


The Prophet gave the sign

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

Shall bear the promised Seed.


Ask not how this should be,

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

Came down to shadow o'er.


Meekly she bowed her head

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

The favoured of the Lord.


Blessèd shall be her name

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

The Incarnate Saviour's birth.


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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