Latinised Hymns

"Thy kingdom come", on bended knee

"Thy kingdom come", on bended knee
The passing ages pray:
And faithful souls have yearned to see
On earth that kingdom's day.

But the slow watches of the night
Not less to God belong:
And for the everlasting right
The silent stars are strong.

And lo, already on the hills
The flags of dawn appear:
Gird up your loins, ye prophet souls;
Proclaim the day is near:

The day in whose clear-shining light
All wrong shall stand revealed,
When justice shall be throned in might,
And every hurt be healed:

When knowledge, hand in hand with peace,
Shall walk the earth abroad -
The day of perfect righteousness,
The promised day of God.


Summisso saecula genu
Dei diem petunt,
hic pia corda quam diu
videre cupiunt.

Sed tardae non minus Deo
noctes appertinent,
et muta pro perpetuo
iure astra praevalent.

En! Est aurora in vertice
eoo rutila:
vatum cohors, accingere
diemque nuntia,

peccata clare quae nitens
recludet omnia
et aequum alte statuens*
mulcebit aspera;

qua iuncta pax scientiae
per terras iverit,
dies privata crimine,
quam Deus obtulit.

MM 10–14.10.98

*iustitiamque promovens