Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Low Sunday, Matins

cover to the ebook 'Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences', translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin BagshaweEternal King of Heaven’s hosts,
Who didst the Universe create,
Who ever equal art with Him,
From whom Thou dost originate:

Thou, when this lower world was born,
Didst Adam with Thy likeness grace,
And didst a noble spirit breathe,
Into his earthly body’s face.

And, when man’s race had been defiled,
By the foul demon’s fraud and hate,
Thou didst assume man’s flesh, and man
In his lost beauty reinstate.

Thou, who wast erst of Virgin born,
Now from the tomb art born again,
And our poor dead and buried race,
To bid to rise with Thee dost deign.

Eternal Shepherd, Thou Thy flock
In Baptism dost purify,
Our souls are washed in that pure stream,
Our sins beneath it buried lie.

Thou, though to us the Cross was due,
Wast nailed upon its sacred wood,
And for salvation’s price didst give,
Unsparingly Thy Precious Blood.

That Thou, O Jesus, to our minds,
Mayst e’er true Paschal joy remain,
From evil death, deserved by crime,
Free us, to life now born again.

Be God the Father glorified,
And He who rose, from death, His Son,
And Thou, the Spirit Paraclete,
While everlasting ages run. Amen.

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