Latinised Hymns

Forty days and forty nights

Forty days and forty nights
Thou wast fasting in the wild;
Forty days and forty nights
Tempted and yet undefiled:

Sunbeams scorching all the day;
Chilly dew-drops nightly shed;
Prowling beasts about thy way;
Stones thy pillow, earth thy bed.

Shall not we thy sorrows share,
And from earthly joys abstain,
Fasting with unceasing prayer,
Glad with thee to suffer pain?

And if Satan, vexing sore,
Flesh or spirit should assail,
Thou, his vanquisher before,
Grant we may not faint nor fail.

So shall we have peace divine;
Holier gladness ours shall be;
Round us too shall angels shine,
Such as ministered to thee.

Keep, O keep us, Saviour dear,
Ever constant by thy side;
That with thee we may appear
At the eternal Eastertide.

G.H.Smyttan & F. Pott

Quater errabas decem
per dies esuriens
noctibusque totidem,
incorruptum te tenens.

Laesit te meridie
sol et nocte glacies;
minabantur bestiae;
dura rupe fultus es.

Nonne tecum flebimus
voluptate subdita
non diremptis precibus,
tua nacti vulnera.

Temptabit-ne Satanas?
Prisco tu certamine
victor illius eras:
nos domari prohibe.

Sic divina pax erit,
sanctiora gaudia,
qualis et tibi fuit,
nobis ops angelica.

Simus, o salutifer,
fidi tibi comites,
et caeleste iugiter
celebrandum pascha des.

MM 2.97–4.98