Nox et Tenebrae et Nubila

Nox et Tenebrae et Nubila

Swift as shadows of the night
Haste before the morning light,
Powers of darkness quickly fly;
See the Dayspring from on high.

To Thy light, O heavenly King,
Undivided hearts we bring,
Seek in praise and prayer Thy grace,
Hide not, Lord, from us Thy face.

Many stains our souls defile;
Many snares to sin beguile;
Much we need Thy light divine;
Light of Angels, on us shine.

Glory be to God on high;
Father, Thee we magnify,
Equally the Son adore,
And the Spirit evermore. Amen.

Sidney S. Hurlbut, A Treasury of Catholic Song (New York: J. Fischer & Bro., 1915).

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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

See, to God’s high temple above
Mounts, amid angel hymns of love,
The mystical ark of grace
See aloft on victory’s throne,
Blended in glory both Mother and Son,
in one eternal embrace!

All the sorrows her bosom bore,
All her pains and afflictions sore,
At length supremely repaid;
There she reigns on the cloudless height,
Only less than the Lord of light,
In hues immortal arrayed.

There she lives as a fount of grace,
Ever flowing for Adam’s race,
And still for ever to flow;
There, while ages on ages run,
Sweetly, sweetly, she pleads with her Son
For us her children below.

Lady, than all the heavens more high,
More than seraph in purity,
A glance of pity incline!
Teach us to feel, teach us to know,
Teach us in life and death to shew
What treasures of grace are thine.

Henry Formby, ed., First Series of Hymns and Songs for the Use of Catholic Schools and Families (London: Burns and Lambert, 1853).

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Maiden Mother Undefiled

Maiden Mother undefiled,
Deign to take me for thy child;
All my life, oh let it be
My best joy to think of thee:
Virgo Maria!

Teach me, when the sun-beam bright
Calls me with its golden light,
How my waking thoughts may be
Turned to Jesus and to thee:
Virgo Maria!

Teach me also through the day
Oft to raise my heart and say:
“Maiden Mother undefiled,
Guard and guide thy faithful child!”
Virgo Maria!

When my eyes are closed in sleep,
O’er my slumbers vigil keep;
Make my latest thought to be
How to please thy Son and thee:
Virgo Maria!

Thus, sweet Mother, day and night
Do thou guide my steps aright;
Let my dying whisper be:
“Virgin Mother, pray for me!”
Virgo Maria!

John G. Hacker, Catholic Hymnal (New York: Schwartz, Kirwin & Fauss, 1920).

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The Childhood of Jesus

By the name which Thou didst take,
Suff’ring early for our sake;
Name adored on bended knee,
Name of grace and majesty.

Refrain
Child of Mary, hear our cry,
Thou wert lowly once as we,
Hear the loving Litany,
We Thy children sing to Thee.

By the joy of Simeon blest,
When he clasped Thee to his breast;
By the widowed Anna’s song,
Pour’d amid the wondering throng.

L. J. Kavanagh and James M. McLaughlin, Crown Hymnal (Boston: Ginn and Company, 1912).

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Oh! Purest of Creatures

Oh! purest of creatures! sweet Mother! sweet Maid!
The one spotless womb wherein Jesus was laid!
Dark night hath come down on us, Mother! and we
Look out for thy shining, sweet Star of the Sea!

Deep night hath come down on this rough-spoken world,
And the banners of darkness are boldly unfurled;
And the tempest-tossed Church, all her eyes are on thee,
They look to thy shining, sweet Star of the Sea!

L. J. Kavanagh and James M. McLaughlin, Crown Hymnal (Boston: Ginn and Company, 1912).

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Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

Jesus, the very Thought of Thee,
With sweetness fills my breast;
But sweeter far Thy face to see,
And in Thy presence rest;
No sound, no harmony so gay,
Can art of music frame,
No thought can reach, no word can say,
The sweets of Thy blest Name.

O hope of ev’ry contrite heart!
O joy of all the weak:
To those who fall how kind Thou art,
How good to those who seek!
But what to those who find? oh! this,
No tongue, no pen can show;
The love of Jesus what it is,
None but His loved ones know.

O Jesus, light of all below!
Thou Fount of life and fire,
Surpassing all the joys we know,
All that we can desire.
May every heart confess Thy Name,
And ever Thee adore!
And seeking Thee, itself inflame,
To seek Thee more and more.

O Jesus! Thou the beauty art
Of angel worlds above;
Thy Name is music to the heart,
Enchanting it with love.
For Thee I yearn, for Thee I sigh;
When wilt Thou come to me,
And make me glad eternally,
With one blest sight of Thee?

The Christian Brothers, The Catholic Youth’s Hymn Book (New York: P. O’Shea, 1871).

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Christ the Lord Is Ris’n To-Day

Christ the Lord is ris’n to-day;
Christians haste your vows to pay;
Offer ye your praises meet,
At the paschal Victim’s feet.
For the sheep the Lamb hath bled,
Sinless in the sinner’s stead;
Christ the Lord is ris’n on high,
Now He dies no more to die!

Christ the victim undefiled,
Man to God hath reconciled,
When in strange and awful strife,
Met together death and life.
Christians on this happy day,
Haste with joy your vows to pay;
Christ the Lord is ris’n on high,
Now He Lives no more to die!

Christ who once for sinners bled,
Now the first-born from the dead,
Thron’d in endless might and pow’r,
Lives and reigns for ever more.
Hail, eternal hope on high!
Hail, Thou King of victory!
Hail, Thou Prince of life ador’d!
Help and save us, gracious Lord!

Say, O wond’ring Mary, say,
What thou sawest on the way.
“I beheld where Christ had lain,
Empty tombs and angels twain;
I beheld the glory bright
Of the rising Lord of Light;
Christ my hope is ris’n again:
Now He lives, and lives to reign.”

The Christian Brothers, The Catholic Youth’s Hymn Book (New York: P. O’Shea, 1871).

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