Latinised Hymns

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Bow down before him, his glory proclaim;
With gold of obedience, and incense of lowliness,
Kneel and adore him: the Lord is his name.

Low at his feet lay thy burden of carefulness:
High on his heart he will bear it for thee,
Comfort thy sorrows, and answer thy prayerfulness,
Guiding thy steps as may best for thee be.

Fear not to enter his courts in the slenderness
Of the poor wealth thou wouldst reckon as thine:
Truth in its beauty, and love in its tenderness,
These are the offerings to lay on his shrine.

These, though we bring them in trembling and fearfulness,
He will accept for the name that is dear;
Mornings of joy give for evenings of tearfulness,
Trust for our trembling and hope for our fear.

J.S.B. Monsell

Sit pulchra tua erga Deum reverentia;
eius acclinis edice decus;
sint aurum obsequia, tus patientia;
flecte genu: cluet is Dominus.

Ante pedes iacias onerantia:
ille onera omnia corde feret,
audierit tua verba precantia,
leniet acre, pedesque reget.

Eius ab aede ne pellat egentia
nec quod opes tibi deficiunt:
veritas atque ibi benevolentia
alma probabile munus erunt.

Pectore quod trepidante dicabitur
nomine quo datur excipiet;
nox lacrimosa die superabitur,
spesque metum procul hinc abiget.

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