1 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.
2 Alone and fasting, Moses saw
The loving God who gave the Law;
And to Elijah, fasting, came
The steeds and chariots of flame.
3 So Daniel trained his mystic sight,
Delivered from the lions' might;
And John, the Bridegroom’s friend, became
The herald of the Savior’s name.
4 Then grant that we like them be true,
Consumed in fast and prayer with you;
Our spirits strengthen with your grace,
And give us joy to see your face.
5 O Father, Son and Spirit blest,
To you be ev'ry prayer addressed,
Who are in threefold name adored,
From age to age the only Lord.
Source: One in Faith #429
|First Line:||The glory of these forty days|
|Title:||The Glory of These Forty Days|
|Latin Title:||Clarum decus jejunii|
|Author:||Pope Gregory I|
|Translator:||Maurice F. Bell|
|Source:||Latin, 6th cent.|
Clarum decus jejunii, p. 236, i. There does not seem to be any reason for ascribing this to St. Gregory. Additional translation: The glory of these forty days, by M. F. Bell, in The English Hymnal, 1906, No. 68. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
--Excerpt from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)