Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Saint Mary Magdalen, Lauds

Thou, Only Son of God Most High,
To look on us in pity deign,
Who didst to glory call the heart
Of the repentant Magdalen.

The coin, once lost, is now laid up
In the King’s royal treasury;
The gem defiled, now purified,
Passes the stars in brilliancy.

Jesus, the sinners Cure, who hope
Dost give to penitential fears,
We pray Thee, wash away our sins,
By Magdalen’s repentant tears.

Mother of God most merciful,
The weeping progeny of Eve,
Saved from the thousand waves of life,
Into salvation’s port receive.

For His sweet graces manifold,
To God alone be glory given,
Who doth forgive the sins of men,
And gives mankind reward in Heaven. Amen.

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