Sunday, 15 July 2018

Ye glooms of night! - Aurelius Clemens Prudentius

Ye glooms of night! ye clouds and shade!
O'er earth in dim confusion spread!
The light is here! behold the dawn!
Christ cometh; haste ye and begone!

Earth's dusky veil is rent away,
Pierced by the sparkling beams of day;
Bright hues o'er nature's face return,
Waked by the quickening glance of morn.

Christ! to Thee, our only Sun,
With pure and simple hearts we turn;
To these our tears and hymns give ear,
And with Thyself our senses cheer.

Our hearts, with cares and sins o'ergrown,
Are cleansed by Thy sweet light alone;
Thou Eastern Star of heavenly sheen!
Illume us with Thine eye serene!

Lord, Holy Virgin-born! to Thee,
Eternal praise and glory be;
With Father and with Holy Ghost,
Long as eternity shall last.

Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (348 - c. 413) Spain
Translated by John D. Chambers

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