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Hark! the songs of peaceful Sion

Thunder like a mighty flood; Jesus out of every nation

Hath redeemed us by his blood. 2 Alleluia! not as orphans

Are we left in sorrow now; Alleluia! he is near us,

Faith believes, nor questions how: Though the cloud from sight received him,

When the forty days were o’er: Shall our hearts forget his promise,

“I am with you evermore”? 3 Alleluia! Bread of Heaven,

Thou on earth our Food, our Stay! Alleluia! here the sinful

Flee to thee from day to day: Intercessor, Friend of sinners,

Earth's Redeemer, plead for me, Where the songs of all the sinless

Sweep across the crystal sea. 4 Alleluia! King eternal,

Thee the Lord of lords we own: Alleluia! born of Mary,

Earth thy footstool, heaven thy throne: Thou within the veil hast entered,

Robed in flesh, our great High Priest: Thou on earth both Priest and Victim

In the Eucharistic feast. 5 Alleluia! sing to Jesus!

His the scepter, his the throne;
Alleluia! his the triumph,

His the victory alone;
Hark! the songs of holy Sion

Thunder like a mighty flood;
Jesus out of every nation
Hath redeemed us by his blood. Amen.

William C. Dix, 1866

194

C.M.

Upon the Saviour's brow;
His head with radiant glories crowned,

His lips with grace o'erflow.
2 No mortal can with him compare,

Among the sons of men;
Fairer is he than all the fair

That fill the heavenly train.
3 He saw me plunged in deep distress,

He flew to my relief;
For me he bore the shameful cross,

And carried all my grief.
4 To him I owe my life and breath,

And all the joys I have;
He makes me triumph over death,

And saves me from the grave.
5 To heaven, the place of his abode,

He brings my weary feet;
Shows me the glories of my God,

And makes my joys complete. 6 Since from his bounty I receive

Such proofs of love divine,
Had I a thousand hearts to give,
Lord, they should all be thine. Amen.

Samuel Stennett, 1787 Also the following 251 O God of God! O Light of Light 262 Praise the Lord through every nation 335 By Christ redeemed, in Christ restored 480 Jesus shall reign 521 Rejoice, the Lord is King 522 See the Conqueror mounts in triumph 523 Jesus, King of glory 560 Golden harps are sounding

Whitsunday 195

10.10. with refrain AIL! festal day! through every age

divine, When God's fair grace from heaven to

earth did shine.

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2 Lo! God the Spirit to the Apostles' hearts

This day in form of fire himself imparts. 3 Forth from the Father, bearing mystic

powers, On human hearts new strength he richly

showers.

4 Now cease they not, to all on earth that

dwell, God's wondrous works in divers tongues

to tell.

5 Hail, Breath of Life! Hail, Holy Fount of

Light! Life-giver! Fire of radiance ever bright! 6 Thou Good all good containing, Peace

divine! Fill with thy sweetness all these hearts of

thine.

7 Who fillest all things, earth and sky and

sea, Cleanse thou, and guard us; bid us live

to thee.

8 Some foretaste grant us of thy secret

things, The overshadowing of cherub wings.

9 To love divine our lips and hearts inspire, By flying seraph touched with altar fire.

Amen. · York Processionale, 14th cent.;

Tr. Theodore A. Lacey, 1884

196

Six 7's
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TOME, thou Holy Spirit, come!

And from thy celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine!
Come, thou Father of the poor!
Come, thou Source of all our store!

Come, within our bosoms shine!

Thou, of comforters the best;
Thou, the soul's most welcome Guest;

Sweet refreshment here below;
In our labour, rest most sweet;
Grateful coolness in the heat;

Solace in the midst of woe.

3 O most blessed Light divine,
Shine within these hearts of thine,

And our inmost being fill!
Where thou art not, man hath naught,
Nothing good in deed or thought,

Nothing free from taint of isl.

4 Heal our wounds, our strength renew; On our dryness pour thy dew;

Wash the stains of guilt away: Bend the stubborn heart and will; Melt the frozen, warm the chill;

Guide the steps that go astray.

SPORI

5 On the faithful, who adore And confess thee, evermore

In thy sevenfold gifts descend; Give them virtue's sure reward; Give them thy salvation, Lord; Give them joys that never end. Amen.

Latin; Tr. Edward Caswall, 1849, alt, 1869 197

L.M. PIRIT of mercy, truth, and love,

O shed thine influence from above; And still from age to age convey

The wonders of this sacred day. 2 In every clime, by every tongue,

Be God's surpassing glory sung:
Let all the listening earth be taught

The deeds our great Redeemer wrought. 3 Unfailing Comfort, heavenly Guide,

Still o'er thy holy Church preside;
Still let mankind thy blessings prove,
Spirit of mercy, truth, and love. Amen.

Anonymous, 1774 198

Six 8's YREATOR Spirit, by whose aid

The world's foundations first were laid, Come, visit every humble mind; Come, pour thy joys on human kind; From sin and sorrow set us free,

And make thy temples worthy thee. 2 0 Source of uncreated light,

The Father's promised Paraclete!
Thrice holy Fount, thrice holy Fire,
Our hearts with heavenly love inspire;
Come, and thy sacred unction bring
To sanctify us while we sing.

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