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Oh, then the mysteries were unfurl'a
Of His triumphant reign,
His kingdom should maintain.
Then grant us, Lord, with Thee to die,
With Thee again to rise :
To meet Thee in the skies.
And now to Him, who vanquish'd death,
And shows the way to heaven,
Be endless praises given.
(Salveti, Flores Martyrum. No. 46.).
Hail, infant martyrs, new-born victims, hail!
Hail, earliest flowerets of the Christian spring! O'er whom, like rosebuds scattered by the gale,
The cruel sword such havoc dared to fling.
The Lord's first votive offerings of blood,
First tender lambs upon the altar laid, Around in fearless innocence they stood,
And sported gaily with the murderous blade.
Oh! what availed thee, Herod, this thy guilt,
This load of crime that on thy conscience lies ? The Lord alone, whose blood thou would'st have
spilt, Now mocks thy malice, and thy power defies.
Yes! he alone survived, when all the ground
Drank the red torrents of that carnage wild; Though many a childless mother wailed around,
The hand of murder spared the Virgin's child !
Jesu, Virgin-born! all praise to Thee,
And to the Father, and the Holy Ghost; One God eternal, ever honoured be,
By saints on earth, and by the heavenly host.
(Molles in agnos ceu lupus. No. 47.)
As wolves attack their helpless prey,
The cradles flow with infant blood,
Ye mothers, let no tears be shed, -
The Father's name we loudly raise,
(Felix dies, quam proprio. No. 48.)
Oh, happy day, when first was poured
Just entered on this world of woe,
From heaven descending, to fulfil
Beneath the knife behold The Child,
(Victis sibi cognomina. No. 49.)
'Tis for conquering kings to gain
That which Christ so hardly wrought,
Rather gladly for that name
Dost thou, Jesu, condescend
Glory to the Father be ;
SUNDAY AFTER CIRCUMCISION.
(Verbum quod ante secula. No. 50.)
THE Word, who dwelt above the skies
With God before the world began, Now on the Virgin's bosom lies,
A helpless new-born child of man.
Already on his sinless head
The streams of wrath begin to flow; Already, on his infant bed,
The taste of grief the Lord must know.