Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Tuesday, Lauds

cover to the ebook 'Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences', translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin BagshaweThe bird, the herald of the morn,
Crows to announce the coming light,
So Christ, who wakens by His grace,
Doth now our souls to life invite.

He cries: Your couches put away,
Ye who are prone to slothful sleep.
I am at hand; then sober, chaste,
And true, do ye your watches keep.

Jesus let us invoke with tears,
Praying with soberness of heart,
For, from pure hearts, a fervent prayer
Will make all somnolence depart.

Do Thou, O Christ, dispel our sleep,
And break for us the bonds of night;
Release us from our ancient sins,
And fill us with new Heavenly light.

To God the Father glory be,
And also to His Only Son,
With the Great Spirit Paraclete,
Now, and while endless ages run. Amen.

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