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Hear us Blessed Trinity !
Hymns at Lauds.
THE FIRST DAY.
Creator eternal of earth and of heaven,
Who rulest the night and the day; Who seasons and times interchanging hast given,
To pour new delights o'er our way;
Thine ordinance lightens the darkness of night,
And day interposed breaks its shade; Morn's herald announces the coming of light,
And the stars begin slowly to fade.
At His voice, comes the sun as a giant in might,
And darkness recedes from the sky; Evil men veil their wrongs and pollutions from sight,
And shrink from the All-seeing Eye.
The worn sailor his toil with new vigor begins,
And the dark wave is losing its fears ;
Spring wethen from our couches with vigor and haste,
The cock crowing calls us to rise ; It warns him who dares God's bestowments to waste,
And rebukes the mad soul that denies,
At cock-crowing, hope lightens up the lone heart,
And the sick hail the day-spring in heaven; The red dagger is sheathed, as the shadows depart,
And new faith to the fallen is given.
Jesu ! behold us all sunken in sin,
And as Thou beholdest, chastise! One look, and our hearts shall be broken within,
And repentance shall stream from our eyes.
Shine in on each sense, O! Thou light-giving King!
And dispel all the dreams of our night,
And our vows shall be paid in thy sight.
To God the great Father of earth and of Heaven,
To the Son, and the Paraclete bless'd, Be honor, and glory, and majesty given,
Be all prayers, and all praises addressed.
FOR THE SECOND DAY.
Thou splendor of the Father's light,
O very Sun! descend from heaven,
Great GOD! our voice we raise to Thee,
Strengthen our souls, whene'er we stand,
Guide Thou and govern all our mind,
Christ be our spirits' food this day !
* "Let us not think," as Origen says of a similar expression in the song of Zacharias, "that this is spoken of bodily, but of spiritual enemies.”
Holy through grace, be all this day;
As morning ushers in the light,
To God the Father glory be,
Glory to God the Son;
And all, the Three in One.
FOR THE THIRD DAY.
Day's winged herald through the lands,
Proclaims the close of night; And Christ's own voice our souls commands
To wake to life and light.