Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes, Lauds

O Dawn, that dost precede the Sun,
Of our salvation Herald bright,
Thy aid, O Virgin, we invoke,
Who live in this life’s gloomy night.

The torrent with its evil waves,
Which drags all men to misery,
Subsides into a gentle sea,
When God’s own Ark is passing by.

Thou only art refreshed with dew,
When the sun burns the torrid plain,
When all around with dew is dank,
Thou only dost untouched remain.

Its fatal poison threatening,
The serpent lifts its fangs so dread,
But thou, unconquered Maid, dost crush
The cruel monster’s swelling head.

Thy clients humble prayer and tears
Regard with pity, Virgin kind,
Grant that from hellish foes we may,
Through thy strong arm, protection find.

Jesus, to Thee be glory given,
Whom erst the Virgin Mother bore,
With Father and with Holy Ghost,
Through endless ages evermore. Amen.

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