Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Sunday Matins, Winter

cover to the ebook 'Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences', translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin BagshaweOn this first day, the Trinity
Most Blessed did the world create;
And man’s Creator, risen to life,
Mankind from death doth liberate.

Then, casting torpid sloth away,
Let us all rising quickly stand,
To seek our God in hours of night,
As the great prophet gives command.

That He may hear our fervent prayers,
And His right hand to us extend,
And, sin’s atonement fully paid,
Our souls to Heavenly mansions send.

That all, who in the quiet hours
Of night, on this most holy day,
Do sing His praise, with blessed gifts
He in His mercy may repay.

Then, Glorious Father, earnestly,
With many prayers, with Thee we plead,
That Thou wouldst free us from the fires
Of lust, and every evil deed.

Lest foul or lustful should become
The structure of our body’s frame;
And, through the fires of passion, hell
Should burn with a still fiercer flame.

O cleanse us from all shameful deeds,
We pray Thee, Saviour of mankind,
And mercifully grant to us,
The eternal joys of Heaven to find.

Our prayer, most loving Father, grant,
And Thou, Coequal, Only Son,
With the Great Spirit Paraclete,
While everlasting ages run. Amen.

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