Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Passion Sunday, Lauds

cover to the ebook 'Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences', translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin BagshaweOf years six lustres came and went,
Fixed time of His Mortality,
And then the world’s Redeemer gave
His Will to suffer, glad and free;
The Lamb most pure is lifted up,
A victim on the cross’s Tree.

He languishes, with gall to drink;
Behold His Wounds, all opened wide,
By nails, and thorns, and lance, which draws
Water and Blood from out His Side.
The Earth, the Sea, the Stars, the World,
Are cleansed in that sacred tide.

O faithful Cross, thy noble gifts,
No other tree can emulate;
For leaf, and flower, and fruit, like thine,
No other ever can create;
Sweet wood, sweet nails, it is your joy,
To bear so sweet a Burden’s weight.

O lofty Tree, thy fibres strong
Relax, and down thy branches bend,
And to thy hard and rugged wood,
A new and softer nature lend;
And the sweet Limbs of Heaven’s King,
On thy kind gentle breast extend.

Thou only hast been worthy found
The Victim of the world to bear,
An ark, to save the shipwrecked world,
And harbour for it to prepare;
Thou on thy wood the Precious Blood,
Shed by the Lamb of God, dost wear.

May everlasting glory paid,
To the most Blessed Trinity,
Alike to Father and to Son,
And to the Eternal Spirit, be;
May the whole world the praises sing
Of Trinity in Unity. Amen.

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