1 The glory of these forty days
we celebrate with songs of praise,
for Christ, by 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 steed and chariots of flame.
3 So Daniel trained his mystic sight,
delivered from the lion’s might.
And John, the Savior’s friend, became
the herald of Messiah’s name.
4 Then grant, O God, that we may, too,
return in fast and prayer to you.
Our spirits strengthen with your grace,
and give us joy to see your face.
Source: Voices Together #305
|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)