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The Glory of These Forty Days


The glory of these forty days

We celebrate with songs of praise;

For Christ, through whom all things were made,

Himself has fasted and has prayed.


Alone and fasting Moses saw

The loving God who gave the law;

And to Elijah, fasting, came

The steeds and chariots of flame.


So Daniel trained his mystic sight,

Delivered from the lionsí might;

And John, the Bridegroomís friend, became

The herald of Messiahís name.


Then grant us, Lord, like them to be

Full oft in fast and prayer with thee;

Our spirits strengthen with thy grace,

And give us joy to see thy face.


O Father, Son, and Spirit blest,

To thee be every prayer addressed,

Who art in three-fold Name adored,

From age to age, the only Lord. 


Latin, 6th cent.; tr. Maurice F. Bell (1862-1947), alt. © Oxford University Press. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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