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ST. MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS.
Who purchased salvation
And life for mankind :
The Spirit extol,
And strengthens the soul.
(Spousa Christi, quæ per orbem. No. 97.)
SPOUSE of Christ, to whom 'tis given,
For thy Lord to strive and die,
song of heaven,
Saints below with saints above,
Fraught with melody and love.
See the Virgin's holy Son,
Who for us the victory won.
All the blessed angelic throng,
In a never-failing song.
Princes of the host of heaven,
See the twelve the chorus swell, Who, with power by Jesus given,
Judge the tribes of Israel. See each life-despising martyr
Holds his blood-stained vest on high, Who rejoiced his life to barter
For a treasure in the sky. See the faithful, all collected,
Happy in their blessed abode, Who the world's vain joys rejected
For their Saviour and their God.
All with joy their voices rearing,
Glory to their God proclaim,
Praising his thrice-holy name.
Every joy your God can give,
Now in holy union live!
Here on earth in faithful love : May we see him, and adore Him, After death in realms above!
FOR PARTICULAR OCCASIONS.
FOR A MINISTER.
(Jesu, sacerdotum decus. No. 98.)
O CHRIST, who art our Pastor's Lord,
prayers for him, his toil for thee.
feed : 'Tis theirs to follow, and receive The food of life his hands shall give. "Tis his to search both night and day For the poor sheep that go astray, And if he find them, to restore, That they may go astray no more. He guards the fold from beasts of prey, And drives the cruel wolves away : He loves his sheep, and will not fly, Prepared to fight, resigned to die.
Oh! may the shepherd and the flock
FOR A DEPARTED SAINT.
(Summi pusillus grex Patris. No. 99.)
Thou little flock, whose Shepherd is above,
From sinful fears your wavering mind refrain: Are
ye not now partakers of his love? Are
ye not partners of his future reign? How many saints, who now surround his throne, Were once, like you, with cares and sorrows
worn ; Their griefs unnoticed, and their joys unknown,
They dared not murmur, and they would not
They bore the cherished burden of the cross,
And thus the strait and narrow way they trod : Through many a doubtful contest, many a loss,
Still slowly struggling on their way to God. The inward bursts of passion or of pride,
They sought with prayer and watching to subdue, With many a comfort, to themselves denied,
The path of indigence they loved to strew.
Eternal Father of the world,
FOR A YOUNG WOMAN.
(O Virgo, pectus cui sacrum.
BLEst child of God, thy hallow'd soul
From earthly ties set free,
And holy joy in thee.
Thy steadfast steps astray:
Where Jesus led the way.
The Virgin-born to prize,
Things earthly to despise.
Among God's saints 'tis given,
To see thy Lord in heaven!
And God the Holy Ghost,
And from the angel-host.