Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Sunday Lauds, Winter

cover to the ebook 'Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences', translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin BagshaweEternal Maker of the world,
Thou rulest both the night and day,
And changest seasons, that for men
Thou mayest monotony allay.

To travellers the changing moon
Distinction makes tween night and night;
Now crows the herald of the day,
Calling the sunbeams early light.

Hearing his voice, the morning star
Drives away darkness from the sky,
And all the wanderers of night
From all their evil doings fly.

At this the sailors’ spirits rise,
The waters to subside begin,
At this, the Church’s Rock himself
Washes away with tears his sin.

O let us then with courage rise,
The cock calls those, who sleeping lie,
Chiding the slothful with its voice,
Rebuking those who Christ deny.

When the cock crows, our hopes revive,
Into the sick new life is poured,
The midnight robber’s sword is sheathed,
Faith to the fallen is restored.

O Jesus, on our weakness look,
And by Thy look new strength supply;
That look, from all the stains of sin,
Our hearts by tears doth purify.

O shine, bright Light, upon our souls,
Our minds from slothful slumbers rouse;
First let our voices sing Thy praise,
And let us pay to Thee our vows.

Be glory to the Father given,
And to the Father s Only Son,
And to the Spirit Paraclete,
Now, and while endless ages run. Amen.

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