Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Pentecost, Matins

detail of a stained glass window depicting the descent of the fire to the apostles at Pentecost; mid-19th century, possibly by Mayer of Munich, Germany; Cologne Cathedral, Bavaria, Germany; photographed on 1 May 2006 by Raimond Spekking; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsNow Christ, returning whence He came,
Up to the stars had mounted high,
The Father’s Gift, the Holy Ghost,
To give, for mortals to enjoy.

The solemn Feast was drawing nigh,
Which, following seven times seven days,
That happy times are now at hand,
Signal prophetical displays.

Behold, at the third hour of light,
Sudden the wind’s loud voice is heard,
As the Apostles make their prayer,
That God is come, it gives the word.

Resplendent with the Father’s light,
That Fire nourishes the heart;
And thus doth to those faithful breasts
The Word’s true charity impart.

Their inmost hearts are filled with joy,
And breathe the Spirit’s holiness,
They speak all kinds of divers tongues,
And the great works of God confess.

Greeks, Romans, and Barbarians,
All understand them in their speech,
And wonder as they hear, for that
They speak the tongues of all and each

Then Jewry, all incredulous,
And maddened with perversity,
The sober followers of Christ
Reprove for inebriety.

But Peter, working miracles,
Opposes these perfidious foes,
And, quoting Joel’s prophecy,
The falsehood of their charges shows.

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

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