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Thy new-born people, gracious Lord,
Confess thee in thine own great name; By hope they taste the rich reward,
Which faith already dares to claim. Father, may we thy laws fulfil,
Blest Son, may we thy precepts learn; And thou, blest Spirit, guide our will,
Our feet unto thy pathway turn.
And may we thus thy name adore,
(O luce qui tuâ lates. No. 83.)
For God the Father, God the Son. And God the Holy Ghost are one : all three ope blessed truth approre, All three compose one holy love To God the Father, God the Son, And Holy Ghost, be glory done; One God Almighty we adore, With heart and voice, for evermore.
(Quos in hostes, Saule, tendis. No. 84.)
'GAINST what foemen art thou rushing,
Saul, what madness drives thee on?
Oh, how shortly
See the Lord, from heaven descending,
Smites him, blinds him, lays him low: See the persecutor bending Humbly, meekly to the blow.
See him rising Friend to Christ, no longer foe. Breathing slaughter, chains preparing, Oh! how fierce his
burned : Now that he has lost his daring, And the Gospel truth has learned,
The destroyer Now into a lamb is turned.
Christ, thy power is man's salvation,
And thy love is here made known: He who wrought such desolation That thy cause might be o'erthrown,
Now converted, Makes that sacred cause his own.
Praise the Father, God of heaven,
Him who reigns supreme on high : Praise the Son, for sinners given Both to suffer and to die :
Praise the Spirit, Who prepares us for the sky.
(Pastore percusso, minas. No. 85.)
The shepherd slain, the wolf returns,
But when there meets him on the road
Othou, who with a word hast strewn
Thou, Shepherd, lift thine hand to crush All foes that on thy sheep-fold rush: And turn us back, whene'er we stray, And lead us on thine own good way.
And now to God, the Three in One
(Supreme quales arbiter. No. 86.)
What feeble instruments, O Lord,
Fulfil thy wondrous plan; How mean the channels, which convey
Thy grace to sinful man!
Yes, frail the vessels, but within
The heavenly torch is laid;
Like lightning through the shade.