Latinised Hymns

Saviour, when in dust to thee

Saviour, when in dust to thee
Low we bow the adoring knee;
When, repentant, to the skies
Scarce we lift our weeping eyes;
O by all thy pains and woe
Suffered once for man below,
Bending from thy throne on high,
Hear our solemn litany.

By thy helpless infant years,
By. thy life of want and tears,
By thy days of sore distress
In the savage wilderness;
By the dread mysterious hour
Of the insulting tempter's power:
Turn, O turn a favouring eye,
Hear our solemn litany.

By the sacred griefs that wept
O'er the grave where Lazarus slept;
By the boding tears that flowed
Over Salem's loved abode;
By the mournful word that told
Treachery lurked within thy fold:
From thy seat above the sky
Hear our solemn litany.

By thine hour of dire despair;
By thine agony of prayer;
By the Cross, the nail, the thorn,
Piercing spear, and torturing scorn;
By the gloom that veiled the skies
O'er the dreadful Sacrifice:
Listen to our humble cry,
Hear our solemn litany.

By thy deep expiring groan;
By the sad sepulchral stone;
By the vault whose dark abode
Held in vain the rising God:
O, from earth to heaven restored,
Mighty, re-ascended Lord,
Listen, listen to the cry
Of our solemn litany.


Cum, Salvator, humiles
flexo genu supplices
oculis manantibus
vix ad te suspicimus,
quod tot aegrimoniis
hic pro nobis luxeris,
audiatur a throno
nostra supplicatio.

Primis annis impotens
flens eras et indigens,
quadraginta dein dies
in deserto pressus es,
totis inde viribus
Satanae lacessitus:
oculo sit in tuo
nostra supplicatio.

Tu flevisti Lazarum
in sepulcro conditum;
flesti tu Jerusalem
praesciens perniciem;
inter et tuos oves
falsa movit te fides:
audiatur haec throno
supra supplicatio.

Egit angor te tuum
deprecari poculum,
crucem, spinas passe tu,
puncte contemptus acu,
mactatum meridie
quem texere tenebrae:
audiatur haec bono
corde supplicatio.

Gemuisti moriens;
lapis inde comprimens
in sepulcro tenuit,
quasi Deum vicerit:
rursus orte Domine
iamque caelis reddite,
audiatur ilico
nostra supplicatio.

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