Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Flight Into Egypt, Lauds

detail of the painting 'The Flight into Egypt' by Albrecht Durer, c.1495To the true Thunderer’s Only Son,
Escaping from the treacherous sword,
Leaving the worship of thy gods,
Haste, Egypt, safety to afford.

Him Herod’s cruelty compels,
An exile from his home to go,
But the hard flight of Christ avails
To us the Heavenward way to show

O sweetest Virgin Mother, who
Didst through a thousand risks defend
Thy sweet Son Jesus, and didst reach
Successfully thy journey’s end,

Undo the bonds which Satan’s wiles
Have woven round us, that we may,
Ever thro rough ways and thro plain
Our Leader follow and obey.

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

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