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

cover to the ebook 'Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences', translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin BagshaweIn our Paschal rejoicing, the arms of the Lord,
Which of old to His servants did victory bring,
Let us ever remember to honour; and praise,
To the Cross, to the Nails, to the Lance, let us sing.

The Cross frees us from hell in the regions below,
While the Lance brings rewards to the Blessed in Heaven,
By the Nails earth and Heaven in one are conjoined,
And gladness in place of lamenting is given.

Where God’s Hands by the Nails are transfixed through and through,
And where deep in His Feet the same Nails find a place,
And where, lastly, His Side the Lance opens, a stream
Poureth forth, for mankind, of rich Heavenly grace.

And the Lance, as it cruelly pierces God’s Breast,
And from thence makes to flow both the Water and Blood,
Bringeth joy, by its thrust, to the whole of the
Haste ye then to the waters, and bathe in the flood.

All the Heavens extol Thee, O Godhead Supreme,
And the Seraphs their jubilant canticles raise;
Let our choir unite with these worshippers true,
And for ever unceasingly sing to Thy praise.

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