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THE GLORY OF THESE FORTY DAYS

LENT : Clarum decus jejunii, 6th c.,
Tr. Maurice Bell / Geistliche Lieder, 1543

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The glory of these forty days


1 The glory of these forty days,
We celebrate with song upraised;
For Christ, through Whom all things were made,
Himself has fasted and has prayed.
2 So Daniel trained a mystic sight,
Delivered from the lion's might;
And John, the bride groom's friend, became
The herald of Mesiah's name.
3 Then grant us Lord, like them to be,
Full oft in fast and pray'r with Thee;
Our spirits strengthen with Thy grace,
And give us joy to see Thy face.
4 O Father, Son, and Spirit blest,
To Thee be ev'ry pray'r address'd;
Who art in thee fold name adored,
From age to age the only Lord.

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