Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, The Lance and Nails, Paschal Time, Lauds

cover to the ebook 'Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences', translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin BagshaweThe Word Eternal going forth,
That which was lost to seek and save,
Brought unto death by Lance and Nails,
Thus to His Work completion gave.

O glorious Lance! at thought of thee,
With trembling fears the demons quake,
For thou dost open Heaven’s realms,
Thrown open for Christ’s Passion’s sake.

From out the holes the Nails did make,
Flows forth the world’s Salvation’s price,
Which a sweet Heavenly odour breathes,
Passing all aromatic spice.

More cruel than the lion’s rage,
The Spear through Christ’s sweet Breast is driven,
Out of the Strong, a drink and food,
Sweeter than honey, have been given.

The Father hath the vials poured,
Of His dread wrath, on His Son’s Head,
So that for us, of glorious life,
He might the banquet freely spread.

O Christ, who art our joy supreme,
From out that wounded Side of Thine,
Grant us, with loving hearts, to drink,
The issuing streams of milk and wine.

Author of all, we Thee beseech,
That Thou wouldst our refreshment be,
And that for these Thy Weapons Sake,
We may protection find in Thee. Amen.

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