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ALMIGHTY God! Thy word is cast

Like seed upon the ground :
Oh! may it grow in humble hearts,

And righteous fruits abound.
2 Let not the foe of Christ and man

This holy seed remove ;
But give it root in praying souls

To bring forth fruits of love.
3 Let not the world's deceitful cares

The rising plant destroy,
But may it in converted minds

Produce the fruits of joy.
4 Let not Thy word so kindly sent

To raise us to Thy Throne
Return to Thee, and sadly tell

That we reject Thy Son. 5 Great God ! come down, and on Thy word

Thy mighty power bestow;
That all who hear the joyful sound
Thy saving grace may know. Amen.

7. Cawood.* Quinquagesima Sunday.

Vos ante Christi tempora.

blest were they who walked in love
With Christ, while yet He dwelt above,
First children of Almighty grace,
First fathers of the faithful race !

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Oh how can words of equal worth,
The wonders of their faith set forth ;
Or tell of all the longing sighs

Their hope uplifted to the skies?
3 Strangers and pilgrims here below,

They deemed the world an empty show ;
To purer joys their hearts were given,

The resting-place they sought was heaven. 4 The soul that truly cleaves to God

Still longs to gain that blest abode :
Forbid, O Lord, our souls to roam,

And fix them on our future home. 5 To God the Father, God the Son,

And Holy Spirit, Three in One,
Eternal praise be ever given
By all on earth, and all in Heaven. Amen.

7. Chandler. (tr. *)

LORD of mercy and of might,
Of mankind the life and light,
Maker, Teacher infinite,

Jesus, hear and save!
2 Who, when sin's primæval doom

Gave creation to the tomb,
Didst not scorn the Virgin's womb,

Jesus, hear and save!
3 Mighty Monarch, Saviour mild,

Humbled to a mortal child,
Captive, beaten, bound, reviled,

Jesus, hear and save!


4. Throned above celestial things,

Borne aloft on angels' wings,
Lord of lords, and King of kings,

Jesus, hear and save!
5 Who shall yet return from high,

Robed in might and majesty,
Hear us, help us, when we cry.
Jesus, hear and save! Ame...

Bp. R. Heber.



Supreme Motor cordium.
GREAT Mover of all hearts, whose Hand
Doth all the secret springs command

Of human thought and will,
Thou, since the world was made, dost bless
Thy saints with fruits of holiness,

Their order to fulfil.
Faith, hope, and love, here weave one chain ;
But love alone shall then remain,

When this short day is gone :
O Love, O Truth, endless Light,
When shall we see Thy Sabbath bright,

With all our labours done?
We sow ʼmid perils here and tears ;
There the glad hand the harvest bears,

Which here in grief hath sown :
Great God Triune, the increase give ;
And these Thy gifts, by which we live,
With heavenly glory crown. Amen.

I. Williams. (tr.)




Solemne nos jejunii.

more the solemn season calls
A holy fast to keep ;
And now within the temple walls

Both priest and people weep.

2 But vain all outward sign of grief,

And vain the form of prayer,
Unless the heart implore relief,

And penitence be there.

3 We smite the breast, we weep in vain,

In vain in ashes mourn,
Unless with penitential pain

The smitten soul be torn.

4. In sorrow true then let us pray

To our offended God,
From us to turn His wrath away,

And stay the uplifted rod.

5 O God, our Judge and Father, deign

To spare the bruised reed;
We pray for time to turn again,

For grace to turn indeed.

6 Blest Three in One, to Thee we bow,

Vouchsafe us in Thy love,
To gather from these fasts below

Immortal fruit above. Amen.


Audi, benigne Conditor.

MERCIFUL Creator, hear
Our prayers to Thee devoutly bent,
Which we pour forth with many a tear
In this most holy fast of Lent.

2 Thou mildest Searcher of each heart,

Who know'st the weakness of our strength,
To us forgiving grace impart,

Since we return to Thee at length.
3 Much have we sinnéd, to our shame,

But spare us, who our sins confess;
And, for the glory of Thy Name,
To our sick souls afford redress.

4 Grant that the flesh may be so pined

By means of outward abstinence,
As that the sober watchful mind

May fast from spots of all offence. 5 Grant this, O blessèd Trinity !

Pure Unity! vouchsafe us this ;
That the effects of fasts may be
Increase in fruits of righteousness. Amen.

Attributed to St. Gregory.

W. Drummond. (tr. *)

i O LORD, turn not Thy face from me,

Who lie in woful state,
Lamenting all my sinful life

Before Thy mercy-gate :


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