As Fades the Glowing Orb of Day

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As fades the glowing orb of day,
To Thee, great source of light, we pray;
Blest Three in One, to ev’ry heart
Thy beams of life and love impart.

O Thou true life of all that live,
Who dost unmoved all motion sway;
Who dost the morn and evening give,
And through its changes guide the day.

At early dawn, at close of day,
To Thee our vows we humbly pay;
May we, ‘mid joys that never end,
With Thy bright saints in homage bend.

Thy light upon our evening pour,
So may our souls no sunset see,
But death to us an open door,
To an eternal morning be.

To God the Father and the Son,
And Holy Spirit Three in One,
Be endless glory as before
The world began, and ever more.

S. Webbe

Thou Who at Thy First Eucharist Didst Pray

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Thou, who at Thy first Eucharist didst pray
That all Thy Church might be forever one,
Grant us that ev’ry Eucharist to say
With longing heart and soul, “Thy will be done.”
O may we all one bread, one body be,
Through this blest sacrament of unity.

For all Thy Church, O Lord, we intercede;
Make Thou our sad divisions soon to cease;
Draw us the nearer each to each, we plead,
By drawing all to Thee, O Prince of Peace;
Thus may we all one bread, one body be,
Through this blest sacrament of unity.

We pray Thee too for wand’rers from Thy fold;
O bring them back, good Shepherd of the sheep,
Back to the faith which saints believed of old,
Back to the Church which still that faith doth keep;
Soon may we all one bread, one body be,
Through this blest sacrament of unity.

So, Lord, at length when sacraments shall cease,
May we be one with all Thy Church above,
One with Thy saints in one unbroken peace,
One with Thy saints in one unbounded love;
More blessed still, in peace and love to be
One with the Trinity in Unity.

William Turton

Lord, Who at Cana’s Wedding Feast

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Lord, who at Cana’s wedding feast
Didst as a guest appear,
Thou, dearer far than earthly guest,
Vouchsafe Thy presence here;

For holy Thou indeed dost prove
The marriage vow to be,
Proclaiming it a type of love
Between the Church and Thee.

The holiest vow that man can make,
The golden thread of life,
The bond that none may dare divide,
That bindeth man to wife.

Which blest by Thee, whate’er betides,
No evil shall destroy,
Thro’ careworn days each care divides,
And doubles ev’ry joy.

On those who at Thine altar kneel,
O Lord, Thy blessing pour,
That each may wake the other’s zeal
To love Thee more and more:

Oh grant them here in peace to live,
In purity and love,
And, this world leaving, to receive
A crown of life above.
Amen.

Praise to the Holiest in the Height

Praise the Holiest in the height,
And in the depth be praise;
In all His words most wonderful,
Most sure in all His ways!

O loving wisdom of our God!
When all was sin and shame,
A second Adam to the fight
And to the rescue came.

O wisest love! That flesh and blood
Which did in Adam fail,
Should strive afresh against the foe;
Should strive and should prevail;

And that a higher gift than grace
Should flesh and blood refine,
God’s Presence and His very Self,
And Essence all divine.

O gen’rous love! The He who smote
In man for man the foe,
The double agony in man
For man should undergo;

And in the garden secretly,
And on the Cross on High,
Should teach His brethren and inspire
To suffer and to die.

What a Sea of Tears and Sorrows, Hymns

What a sea of tears and sorrows
Did the soul of Mary toss
To and fro upon its billows
While she wept her bitter loss;
In her arms her Jesus holding,
Torn so newly from the Cross.

Oh, that mournful Virgin Mother,
See her tears how fast they flow
Down upon His mangled Body
Wounded Side and thorny Brow;
While His Hands and Feet she kisses,
Picture of immortal woe.

Oft, and oft His Arms and Bosom,
Fondly straining to her own;
Oft, her pallid lips imprinting
On each Wound of her dear Son:
Till at last in swoons of anguish,
Sense and consciousness are gone.

Gentle Mother, we beseech thee,
By thy tears and troubles sore;
By the death of thy dear Offspring,
By the bloody Wounds He bore;
Touch our hearts with that true sorrow
Which affected thee of yore.

Why Art Thou Sorrowful

Why art thou sorrowful, servant of God?
And what is this dulness that hangs o’er thee now?
Sing the praises of Jesus, and sing them aloud,
And the song shall dispel the dark cloud from thy brow.
Sing the praises of Jesus, and sing them aloud,
And the song shall dispel the dark cloud from thy brow.

Oh, is there a thought in the wide world so sweet,
As that God has so cared for us, bad as we are,
That He thinks for us, plans for us, stoops to entreat,
And follows us, wander we ever so far?
That He thinks for us, plans for us, stoops to entreat,
And follows u, wander we ever so far?

Oh, then, when the spirit of darkness comes down
With clouds of uncertainties into thy heart,
One look to thy Saviour, one thought of thy crown,
And the tempest is over, the shadows depart.
One look to thy Saviour, one thought of thy crown,
And the tempest is over, the shadows depart.

That God hath once whispered a word in thine ear,
Or sent thee from Heaven one sorrow for sin,
Is enough for a life both to banish all fear,
And to turn into peace all the troubles within.
Is enough for a life both to banish all fear,
And to turn into peace all the troubles within.

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