Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Holy Innocents, Matins

With anxious heart the tyrant hears,
That now the King of kings is come,
To rule the race of Israel,
And reign in David’s royal home.

All maddened by the news, he cries,
“To seize our throne a rival comes;
Lictors, make haste and take your swords,
And fill with blood the infants homes.”

What profiteth so great a crime?
What gaineth Herod by his sin?
Among so many funerals,
The Christ alone doth safety win.

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