Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, The Precious Blood, Matins

The just Creator’s dreadful wrath
Overwhelmed, in an avenging flood,
The sinful world, and Noe saved
Within the Ark’s remedial wood;
But of late years a wondrous Love
Hath washed and cleansed the world in Blood.

The happy earth, thus fertilized
By this most sweet salubrious rain,
Instead of ever-growing thorns,
Hath lovely flowers brought forth again,
And made all tastes of bitterness
The savour of sweet nectar gain.

The serpent dire hath laid aside
The venom of its poisonous sting;
And beasts have learned their cruelty
And thirst for blood away to fling:
This victory of the gentle Lamb,
Wounded for us, we love to sing.

O Wisdom of the Eternal God,
Incomprehensible confessed!
O sweetness, ever to be praised,
Of that most kind and gentle Breast!
The wretched slave deserved to die,
The King is slain, most High and Blest!

When by offences we provoke
The awful Judge’s punishment,
Then, to appease His righteous ire,
This pleading Blood let us present,
And so arrest the dread advance
Of multitudinous chastisement.

O may the world redeemed, Thy gifts
Keep gratefully, and give Thee praise,
Who givest us Redemption’s price,
And showest us salvation’s ways,
With Father and with Holy Ghost,
Reigning throughout eternal days Amen.

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