Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, The Lance and Nails, Vespers

cover to the ebook 'Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences', translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin BagshaweWho can find any tongue which is able, O Lance,
The just tribute of praise to thy merits to bring?
Since the life-giving Side of the Christ thou didst pierce,
To inflict that dear Wound whence the Church was to spring.

She is Eve, coming forth from the side of her Spouse,
While His senses are wrapped in a slumber profound,
For this New Adam now gives her birth from His Side,
Through the Water and Blood flowing thence to the ground.

O ye Nails, the like thanks to you also are owed,
Since, because through the Limbs of the Christ you were driven,
To nail to the Cross the handwriting of death,
Blotted out by His Blood, unto you it is given.

May the Saints, O Lord Jesus, extol Thee with praise,
Who, now wearing the Wounds, where the Nails had been driven,
And the Wound that the Lance made, dost live and dost reign,
With the Father and Spirit most Holy, in Heaven. Amen.

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