Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Passion Sunday, Matins

cover to the ebook 'Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences', translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin BagshaweDo thou, my tongue, the laurel crown
Of that most glorious victory sing,
And the grand trophy of the Cross
Forward in noble triumph bring;
Recounting how He conquered death,
Who suffered death, our Saviour King.

Our first created Father’s fault
His Maker with compassion saw,
When, eating of the noxious fruit,
Deserving death, he broke the law:
For that tree’s wrong, He marked the tree,
From which He would salvation draw.

For beauteous Order needed that,
To save us all from sin and shame,
To match the wily traitor’s art,
We should be saved by the same,
And that salvation thence should come,
From whence eternal ruin came.

Ere the predestined hour had come.
Many long ages onward ran,
Then, from the Father’s Throne, the Son,
Who made the world, His course began;
Sent down into the Virgin’s womb,
He thence came forth, the Son of Man.

Within the manger’s narrow bounds,
He as a helpless Baby lies,
And by His Virgin Mother swathed,
Sends forth to God His infant cries,
While God Almighty’s Hands and Feet,
A common bandage closely ties.

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