Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Sunday Matins, Lent

cover to the ebook 'Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences', translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin BagshaweInstructed by old mystic use,
Let us observe this time of fast,
Till after ten days four times gone,
The well known forty days are past.

The Law, with all the Prophets old,
This sacred period e’er displays;
In after times twas blessed by Christ,
The King and Maker of all days.

Of talking then, and foods, and drinks,
Let us make use more sparingly;
Of sleep and jesting too; in all
More strictly careful let us be.

Let us avoid all hurtful things,
Which dissipated souls disgrace,
That so the crafty tyrant’s rule
Within our hearts may find no place.

Let us avert avenging wrath,
And to the Judge with weeping pray,
With suppliant accents let us cry,
And, humbly kneeling, let us say:

We evil acts, O God, have done,
Which Thy sweet clemency offend;
Look down with pity from on high,
And kind forgiveness deign to send.

Though frail we are, remember, Lord,
That Thou didst make our mortal frame,
We pray Thee, to none other give
The honour of Thy glorious Name.

From our ill actions set us free,
The good, we ask Thee for, increase,
That we at last, and evermore,
To please Thee, Lord, may never cease.

Do this, O Blessed Trinity,
O grant it, Simple Unity,
That to Thine own the fast we keep
May ever full of graces be. Amen.

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