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FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER.
CREATOR SPIRIT! By whose aid
The world's foundations first were laid,
Come, visit each expectant mind,
Come, pour Thy joys on human kind;
From sin and sorrow set us free,
And make us temples worthy Thee !
Oh, Source of uncreated Light,
The Father's promised Paraclite ;
Thrice holy fount, thrice holy fire,
Our hearts with heavenly love inspire ;
Come, and Thy sacred unction bring
To sanctify us while we sing.
Plenteous in grace descend from high,
Rich in Thy sev’nfold energy;
Thou strength of His Almighty hand,
Whose rule doth earth and heav'n command,
Our frailty help, our vice controul,
Subdue the senses to the soul.
Chase from our minds th' infernal foe,
And peace, the fruit of love, bestow;
And, lest our feet should haply stray,
Protect and guide us in the way:
Make us eternal truth receive,
And practise all that we believe !
Immortal honour, endless fame,
Attend the Almighty Father's name:
The Saviour Son be glorified,
Who for lost man's redemption died;
And equal adoration be
Eternal Comforter to Thee !
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER.
Life nor Death shall us dissever
From His love who reigns for ever :
Will He fail us ? Never! never !
When to Him we cry!
seek to snare us, Fury passion tear us ! Doubt and fear, and grim Despair,
Their fangs against us try;
But His might shall still defend us,
And His blessed Son befriend us,
And His Holy Spirit send us
Comfort ere we die !
ASCENSION-DAY AND SUNDAY AFTER.
“ Sir Thou on my right hand, my Son !" saith the Lord. “ Sit Thou on my right hand, my Son !
Till in the fatal hour
Of my wrath and my power,
Thy foes shall be a footstool to Thy throne !"
Prayer shall be made to Thee, my Son!” saith the Lord. Prayer shall be made to Thee, my Son!
From earth and air and sea
And all that in them be,
Which Thou for thine heritage hast won !"
Daily be Thou praised, my Son !" saith the Lord.
Daily be Thou praised, my Son !
And all that live and move,
Let them bless Thy bleeding love,
And the work which Thy worthiness hath done !"
Come, Holy Ghost ! our souls inspire,
And lighten with celestial fire;
Thou the anointing Spirit art,
Who dost Thy sevenfold gifts impart !
Thy blessed unction from above
Is comfort, life, and fire of love!
Enable with perpetual light
The darkness of our bounded sight;
Anoint and cheer our soiled face
With the abundance of Thy grace ;
Keep far our foes; give peace at home;
Where Thou art guide no ill can come !
Teach us to know the Father, Son,
And Thee of both, to be but One;
That, through the ages all along,
Praise be to Thine eternal merit,
O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit !