Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Friday, Lauds

cover to the ebook 'Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences', translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin BagshaweEternal Majesty of Heaven,
Blest Hope of mortal men forlorn,
The Sovereign Thunderer’s Only Son,
Of the chaste Virgin also born;

Stretch forth Thy Hand to us who rise,
To lift our minds, and make them burn
With eagerness to sing God’s praise,
And thanks befitting to return.

The day-star now is shining bright,
And doth the Sun anticipate,
Nocturnal darkness yields; may us
The Light of Heaven illuminate.

And, ever dwelling in our minds,
Thence worldly darkness drive away,
And keep our spirits purified,
At all the hours of every day.

First may the Faith, so much desired,
Within our hearts deep-rooted be,
And next may Hope with it rejoice,
And, greater still, fair Charity.

To God the Father glory be,
And also to His Only Son,
With the Great Spirit Paraclete,
Now, and while endless ages run. Amen.

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