Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Dedication of a Church, Matins

City of God, Jerusalem,
Vision of peace, and of delight,
Who, built of living stones, art raised
E’en to the starry Heavens height,
And whom encircle, like a bride,
A thousand thousand Angels bright.

O happy Bride, who hast obtained
The Father’s glory for thy dower,
Most beautiful and lovely Queen,
On thee thy Spouse’s graces shower,
O sparkling Heavenly city, wed
To Christ, the Prince of mighty power.

Here, shining bright with Heavenly pearls.
Thy gates to all wide open stand,
For hither, by their virtue led,
There entereth that mortal band,
That, for the love of Christ, endures
Sharp torments from a tyrant’s hand.

Of stones, thus by the Master’s Hand,
Bright polished by most numerous blows,
With chisel sharp, by mallet driven,
This sacred Building first arose,
And now their well-joined bright array
Up to its very summit shows.

Now to the Highest Father be
Paid everywhere the glory due,
And to the Father’s Only Son,
And to the glorious Spirit too,
To whom be glory, power, and praise,
The everlasting ages through. Amen.

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