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FOR THE FOURTH DAY.
Lord, who spread'st the heaven in brightness,
And the mystic path on high, Mad'st to shine with fiery whiteness,
Gleaming all along the sky;
On the fourth day upward rolling,
Wide the sun his glories flung : While the moon the night controlling,
And the stars in heaven were hung.
Clearest signs Thou thus hast given,
Waxing light and waning rays; Signs for morn and closing even,
Signs for seasons, years, and days.
Let these signs to us betoken
Spirit's darkness turned to day; Chains of guilt forever broken,
Sins in mercy, washed away.
To the Father laud be given,
To the Son and Paraclete: Worshipped evermore in heaven,
With due praise and honors meet.
FOR THE FIFTH DAY.
God of endless power and might,
Who the waters fruitful made,
And the other high to soar,
Grant to us Thy servants grace,
Born of water in Thy Blood,
Never knowing sin's dark stain,
Let no guilt sink us in woe,
Deeper than the unfathomed main;
Lest the crush'd heart, rally never,
Father, Holy, Thee we pray ;
With the Spirit and the Son,
Ruling in all times before,
FOR THE SIXTH DAY.
Lord! at whose word all life came forth,
Cattle and creeping thing;
And life to clay didst bring;
Who all, did'st in subjection give,
To him last formed of all ;
Whom Thou from naught did'st call ;
Mako us, O Lord ! to rule through Thee
All raging lusts within ;
Would lead us on to sin.
Give us the prize of blissful lite,
Grant us thy glorious grace; Loose all the chains of sinful strife,
And knit the bonds of peace.
Most Holy Father, bow Thine ear,
O Son! regard cry;
Hear Blessed Trinity!
FOR THE SEVENTH DAY.
Great God! who life to all hast given, Who rulest o'er the garnished heaven, Who day hast glorious made with light, And grateful sleep ordained for night;
So frames refreshed might be more meet
Thanks for the daylight past and gone, Prayers for the shadowy niglit begun, Rise to Thine ear, through twilight dim, While now we chaunt our evening hymn.
Thee Lord, let all our spirits praise,