Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, The Passion, Vespers

With great grief let all eyes now prepare to shed tears,
Let all hearts, in sad woe, beat with sorrowful sounds,
While I tell, how most cruel and impious men
On the Deity torments inflicted, and wounds.

For the Lord is laid hands on, and beaten with clubs,
By the soldiers well-armed and truculent bands;
He is cruelly struck, and His worshipful Head,
Is sore bruised, and wounded with blows by their hands.

But their crimes go yet further; they brook no delay;
To a vile executioner Christ is now given,
And a mortal, most cruel and impious, dares
To assault and to outrage the great King of Heaven.

O ye nations, hear how the most lovable God
A most furious attack from the lictors sustains,
While the Blood from all parts of His Body pours forth,
And He, innocent Lamb, in sweet silence remains.

Who his tears can restrain? that race, wicked and fierce,
Hath invented a torment unheard of before;
For fixed deep in His Brain, what an agony this,
A large crown of sharp thorns on His Temples he bore.

What a sacrilege now! for, with sharp cutting cords,
He is bound, and dragged on to the place of His death,
And then Christ, loudly crying, His Spirit gave forth
To His Father above, as He breathed His last breath

Then of Him, who for sinners such wounds did endure,
Let the whole earth re-echo the glory and fame,
And let not the human race ever forget,
To unceasingly worship and honour His Name. Amen.

To Father, and to Holy Ghost,
And to the Father’s only Son,
Who all His Blood to save us gave,
Be praise, while endless ages run. Amen.

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