Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Passion Sunday, Vespers

cover to the ebook 'Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences', translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin BagshaweBehold the Royal Standard raised.
The wondrous Cross illumines Heaven,
On which true Life did death endure,
By whom our life, through death, was given.

That true Life, which was pierced through
By the sharp point of cruel spear,
Poured forth the Water and the Blood,
Our consciences from sin to clear.

Then was fulfilled what David sang,
In sweet prophetic psalmody,
Foretelling to the Nations, how
God reigned, exalted on the Tree.

O Tree, with royal purple dyed,
Shining with beauty in the sky,
Chosen thou wast, on worthy breast,
Those sacred Limbs to lift on high.

Blessed art thou, upon thine arms
The Ransom of the world to bear,
That Body which on thee did hang,
Its prey from horrid hell to tear.

All hail! O Cross, our only hope,
In this most mournful Passion time,*
Increase the graces of the Just,
And free the guilty from all crime.

All praise to Thee, Blest Trinity,
From whom all Saving graces flow;
To whom the Cross brings victory,
On them do Thou the Crown bestow. Amen.

* On the Feast of the Finding of the Cross as follows:

Our joy in this bright Paschal time.

* On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross as follows:

In this thy glorious triumph time.

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