Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Thursday, Matins

cover to the ebook 'Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences', translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin BagshaweThe darksome night doth hide from view
All colours which the light imparts
To earthly things; we therefore ask,
Of Thee, the righteous Judge of hearts;

That Thou wouldst take our sins away,
And cleanse us from all filthy stains,
And give us, Lord, that saving grace,
Which safety from all sin obtains.

Stung inwardly by noxious sin,
The guilty soul in torpor lies;
To put away its guilt, and seek
Thee, its Redeemer, now it tries.

Do Thou its darkness drive away,
And make it by Thy Presence bright,
That it at last may have the joy,
To find its place in Heavenly light.

Our prayer, O loving Father, grant,
And Thou, Coequal, Only Son,
With the Great Spirit Paraclete,
Reigning while endless ages run. Amen.

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