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The vanquisher is vanquished,
Himself in noblest triumph led. 2 The ravening wolf of Benjamin
At early morn went forth to slay ;
He shall in peace divide the prey.
3 Her foe is now the Church's rock,
A wolf no more, a lamb is he;
() Jesu, nought is hard with Thee !
4 Thy voice, O Lord, the mountain shakes,
And all the trees that grow thereon;
The cedars of proud Lebanon.
5 Good Shepherd, keep us as of old,
The foe confound, the flock defend;
Again to Thee our bosoms bend.
6 To God, the Three in One, be praise
Supreme, and honour infinite;
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 ;
Upheld him to the last.
3 A chosen vessel of His will,
He fought the fight of faith,
Obedient unto death.
4 Thus, Lord of grace, to all Thy will
Obedient may we be,
E'en as he followed Thee.
5* To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
The God Whom we adore,
Purification of St. Mary the Virgin.
To His Temple Christ is come :
Flocks and herds shall bleed no more ;
3 Lo! the Virgin's downcast eye
Owns His hidden Godhead nigh :
4. Whilst to heaven her pious love
Duly vows the sacred dove,
5 Aged Simeon sees at last
Hopes foretold from ages past;
6 Glory be to Father, Son,
And Blest Spirit, Three in One:
1. Willians. (tr. *)
Exultet orbis gaudiis.
2 Thou, at whose word they spread the light
Of heavenly truth o'er heathen night,
3 Thou, at whose will to them 'twas given
To bind or loose in earth or heaven;
4. Thou, in whose might they spake the word,
Which cured disease, and health restored ;
5 And when Thou, Lord, again shalt come
To speak the world's unerring doom-
6 To Thee, O Father ! Son, to Thee !
To Thee, blest Spirit! glory be;
Bp. R. Mant. (tr.*) 208 Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
PRAISE we the Lord this day,
This day so long foretold,
On waiting saints of old.
The Prophet gave the sign
For faithful men to read ;
Shall bear the promised Seed.
Ask not how this should be,
But worship and adore ;
Came down to shadow o'er.
Meekly she bowed her head
To hear the gracious word ;
The favoured of the Lord.
Blessèd shall be her name
In all the Church on earth,
The Incarnate Saviour's birth.
Jesu, the Virgin's Son,
We praise Thee and adore,
And Spirit evermore. Amen.