Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Flight Into Egypt, Vespers

detail of the painting 'The Flight into Egypt' by Albrecht Durer, c.1495The mighty King of glory dread,
Promised from Abraham’s line to spring,
The kings bear witness now has come,
That He is born, they tell the king.

The tyrant dooms the Child to death,
Tossed in his soul by passion’s waves,
But, warned by Heaven, from the sword
Her Child the Virgin Mother saves.

To distant lands in Egypt’s realms
She bears away her Child in haste,
Nor does she rest, until she sees
Her Infant Son in safety placed.

Ah Mother! bravest of the brave,
Wounded at heart by love most pure,
Lightly all troubles thou dost bear,
And flight’s discomforts dost endure.

To Thy poor servants gracious be,
And make their troubles Thy concern,
And those, whom sin has exiles made,
To their true country make return.

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