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Watch by the sick, enrich the poor
mourner's sleep to-night,
“Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” 138. AND now the day is past and gone,
Holy God, we bow to Thee;
To Thy sheltering side we flee.
Let our bitter sorrow plead,
When ourselves we cannot heed.
In his watchful circuitings:
'Neath the shadow of Thy wings.
Day ne'er sinking to the west;
Where no foe shall break our rest ?
We our feeble voice would raise,
And from age to age would praise.
On the holy Eucharist. “ Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me." 139. SING we that blest Body broken,
Our weak soul's mysterious food;
Gifting us with His own Blood,
presence to betoken,
Of a Virgin undefiled,
Sojourned He in this world's wild ;
He His wondrous course fulfilled.
He had finished its commands ;
Gave Himself with His own hands,
Thenceforth unto all the lands.
Bread His very Flesh to be;
Tastes the Fount of Calvary;
Faith receives the Mystery.
Draw we nigh with heads bowed low,
Yield to higher blessings now;
Faith adores, nor questions how.
Both to FATHER, and to SON;
HOLY SPIRIT, Thee addressing,
One with them, as LORD alone ;
Persons three in Substance One.
The Conversion of S. Paul. “The wild boar out of the wood doth root it up, and the wild beast of the field devour it. Turn Thee again, Thou GOD of Hosts, look down from heaven, behold, and visit this Vine.” 140. 'GAINST what foemen art thou rushing,
Saul, what madness drives thee on?
O, how shortly
Smites him, blinds him, lays him low;
See him rising
0, how fierce his anger burned;
And Thy love is here made known,
Him Who reigns supreme on high ;
Praise the SPIRIT,
“Nevertheless, I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” 141. WHY, Saviour, dost Thou come
Descending from the sky ?
Again for man to die?
The dreadful day of doom,
The guilty to consume ?
Thou camest from above,
And slaughter change to love.
Before Thy glorious ray,
The flock he sought to slay.
And all on earth below,
Let endless praises flow.
Presentation of Christ in the Temple,
The Purification of S. Mary the Virgin.
“Behold, I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me; and the LORD, Whom ye seek, shall sud. denly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in. Behold, He shall come, saith the LORD of Hosts." 142. O SION! open wide thy gates;
Let figures disappear,
The Truth Himself is here.
No more the simple flock shall bleed
Behold, the FATHER'S SON
For sinners to atone.
The lowly Virgin brings
Her tender offerings.
His LORD so long desired,
With sudden rapture fired.
Of the yet silent Word ;
With speechless praise adored.
Praise to the SPIRIT be;
Through all eternity.
“Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning, and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their LORD." 143. SWEET incense breathes around,
The coming LORD to greet;
Awakes her God to meet,
Trim up her torch so bright;
Breathe out her glowing light;
its sweetest incense prayer.