Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, The Crown of Thorns, Vespers

crown of thorns illustration from the New Catholic Dictionary, artist unknownDaughters of Sion, go ye forth,
Of the great King chaste virgin band,
And see the crown of Christ your King,
Woven by your own Mother’s hand.

His Hair is torn; His Head with thorns
Is punctured; opening many wells
Of Precious Blood; His pallid Face
The near approach of death foretells.

What land, too hard for any plough,
Where thorns and briars thickly grow,
Produced this sad and cruel crop?
What savage hand did lay it low?

Now that with Christ’s own Blood it glows,
The thorns are changed to roses fair;
For triumphs meeter than the palm,
The thorn a nobler fruit doth bear.

The thorns are sown by sins of men,
But Thou, O Christ, dost bear the wound;
Pluck Thou our thorns from out our hearts,
And let Thine own in them be found.

Power, and honour, glory, praise,
To God the Father and the Son,
And to the Holy Paraclete,
While everlasting ages run. Amen.

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