Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Advent, Vespers

Advent Wreath; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsO kind Creator of the stars,
Eternal Light when we believe,
Jesus, Redeemer of mankind,
Do Thou our suppliant prayers receive.

For lest, thro Satan’s cruel frauds,
The world should perish utterly,
Thou, driven by impetuous love,
Didst deign to be its remedy.

To expiate the common guilt,
The Cross’s pains Thou wouldst endure,
And therefore, from the Virgin’s womb,
Thou comest forth a Victim pure.

So mighty is Thy Glory’s power,
That, when Thy Kingly Name doth sound,
All those in Heaven, and those below,
The knee bend trembling to the ground.

O Mighty Judge of the last day,
We pray Thee, upon us to send
The helps of Heavenly grace, and so
From enemies our souls defend.

Be power, honour, glory, praise,
To God the Father and the Son,
With the Most Holy Paraclete,
While ages upon ages run. Amen.

– translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin Bagshawe, C.O., Bishop of Nottingham, England