Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, The Lance And Nails, Paschal Time, Vespers

cover to the ebook 'Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences', translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin BagshaweThe praises of the glorious Lance,
Sing, O my tongue, rejoicing, sing,
Which opened, of the Precious Blood,
The copious, salutary, spring,
Which to the Gentiles, through His death,
The Christ’s salvation was to bring.

The Lance, than riches far more dear,
To the whole world its ransom gave,
And now, by that Heart sanctified,
Becomes the weapon of the brave;
The Nails are, from the devil’s power,
An able instrument to save.

O Spear most sweet! thou didst despoil
The Heart of God of all its Blood;
O Nails most sweet! which all our stains
Did purify in that pure flood,
So that the world might cleansed be,
And all its ills be changed to good.

The Spear sustains the traveller’s steps,
While it the fearful animates;
At sight of it the warrior’s heart,
With new courageous force dilates;
The Nail refreshment gives and strength,
And poor weak sinners re-creates.

Jesus, victorious over hell,
Who dost Thy glorious triumph win,
And causest, by the Lance and Nails,
Creation new life to begin,
O grant that, by these weapons helped,
We may be saved from every sin. Amen.

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