Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, The Finding of the Child Jesus, Lauds

Jesus, of wisdom the rich Fount,
By which Thou guidest hearts aright,
And dost the proud disciple judge,
And teachest with celestial light.

We sing a hymn of praise, that Thou,
Coming Thy Father’s work to do,
Midst Doctors sittest as a Child,
Yet teachest in the Temple too.

O admirable kind of school!
While Jesus doth the Doctors teach,
Hearing and humbly questioning,
They wonder at His prudent speech.

O Master, mercifully grant,
That no weak man to teach may dare,
Unless from Heaven Thou dost first
With wondrous light his heart prepare.

Then doth all error flee away,
Then shall the Spouse, with footsteps sure,
And all her servants, follow Thee,
Along the royal road secure.

Then, from the true believers land,
All treacherous teachers shall they drive,
And, on the true and only Faith,
In health our souls shall live and thrive.

Who art revealed to anxious ones,
O Jesus, glory be to Thee,
With Father and with Holy Ghost,
Ever throughout Eternity. Amen.

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