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ING, my tongue, the glorious battle,
With completed victory rife,
Tell the triumph of the strife;
God, His Maker, forely grieving
That the first-born Adam fell,
Whose reward was death and hell,
Of the ancient wood to quell.
For the work of our Salvation
Needs would have His order fo,
Art by art would overthrow;
Whence the venom of the foe.
Wherefore, when the sacred fulness
Of the appointed time was come,
Left His bright and heavenly home,
From the Virgin's holy womb.
Weeps the infant in the manger
That in Bethlehem's stable stands ; And His limbs the Virgin Mother
Doth compose in swaddling bands, Meetly thus in linen folding
Of her God the feet and hands.
Thirty years among us dwelling,
His appointed time fulfilled; Given for this, He meets His Passion,
For that this He freely willed; On the Cross the Lamb is lifted,
On whose Death our hope we build.
He endured the shame and spitting,
Vinegar, and nails, and reed; As His blessed fide is opened,
Water thence and blood proceed. Earth, and sky, and stars, and ocean,
By that flood are cleansed indeed.
Faithful Cross! above all other
One and only noble tree !
with Thee : Sweetest wood, and sweetest iron,
Sweetest weight sustaining free.
Bend thy boughs, O Tree of glory!
Thy relaxing finews bend;
For awhile the ancient rigour
That thy boughs, O Tree of Glory!
On thy bosom gently tend.
Thou alone wast counted worthy
This world's ransom to uphold;
Harbour, like the Ark of old;
From the wounded Lamb that rolled.
Laud and honour to the Father,
Laud and honour to the Son,
Ever Three and ever One :
VENANTIUS *, 6th Cent.
The above, which may be placed in the very first class of Latin hymns, beginning “Pange, lingua , gloriofi,” was composed by Venantius Fortunatus, Bishop of Poictiers, during the time of Augustine's mission to this country.
THE HOLY SPIRIT.
OME, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,
And lighten with celestial fire.
Gregory, 6th Cent.
This beautiful hymn, so well known from its being introduced in the Ordination Service of the Church of England, has been frequently attributed to Charlemagne in the 8th century, but Mone, in his “Collection of Latin Hymns of the Middle Ages,” more correctly adjudges the authorship to Gregory, commonly called “ The Great."
THE HEAVENLY JERUSALEM.
LESSED city, Heavenly Salem,
Vision dear of peace and love, Who, of living stones upbuilded,
Art the joy of Heaven above : And, with Angel cohorts tended, As a Bride to earth doft move.
Coming new from highest heaven,
Ready for the nuptial bed,
By her Lord shall she be led :
Of pure gold are fashioned.
Bright with pearls her portal glitters;
It is open evermore :
There each faithful soul may soar
Pain and tribulation bore.
Many a blow and biting sculpture
Polished well these stones elect,
By the mighty Architect;
That His palace should be decked.