The Joys and Glories of Heaven

Who can paint that lovely city,
City of true peace divine,
Whose pure gates, forever open,
Each in pearly lustre shine,
Whose abodes of glory clear
Naught defiling cometh near?

There no stormy winter rages,
There no scorching summer glows;
But through one perennial springtide
Blooms the lily and the rose,
With the myrrh and balsam sweet,
And the fadeless violet.

There a paradisal perfume
Breathes upon the air serene;
There crystalline waters flowing
Keep the grass for ever green,
And the golden orchards show
Fruits that ne’er corruption know.

There no sun his circuit wheeleth,
There no moon or stars appear,
Thither night and darkness come not,
Death hath no dominion there;
But the Lamb’s pure beaming ray
Scatters round eternal day.

There the saints of God, resplendent
As the sun in all its might,
Ever more rejoice together,
Crowned with diadems of light,
And, from peril safe at last,
Beckon up their triumphs past.

Happy he who, with them seated,
Doth in all their glory share!
Oh, that I, my days completed,
Might be but admitted there!
There with them the praise to sing
Of my beauteous God and King.

The Parochial Hymn Book (London: Burns and Oates, 1883).

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The Most Holy Trinity

All hail, adored Trinity!
All hail, eternal Unity!
O God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit, ever One.

Behold to Thee, this festal day,
We meekly pour our thankful lay;
O let our work accepted be!
That sweetest work of praising Thee!

Three Persons praise we evermore!
One only God our hearts adore;
In Thy sure mercy ever kind
May we our true protection find.

O Trinity! O Unity!
Be present as we worship Thee;
And with the song that angels sing,
Unite the hymns of praise we bring. Amen.

J. B. Young, The Roman Hymnal (New York: Fr. Pustet & Co., 1884).

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Born in Bethlehem

Jesus, the Saviour, was born on Christmas day,
And in a manger the Lord of glory lay;
To save us from despair,
Our grief and sorrow share,
He came our sins to bear.
His lowly birth was here on earth, in Bethlehem.

Jesus, our Saviour, now reigns in heav’n above,
And we His favor must gain by faithful love.
His sacrifice is done,
Atonement has been won
By Christ the Holy One,
That bright and morning Star was born in Bethlehem.

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

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The Chorus of the Angels

The angels sing around the stall
Where Jesus cradled lies,
The shepherds hear the joyful call
That wakes the silent skies.
Hark! to the Music floating by,
Ere yet its echoes cease!
Poured forth from angels’ harmony
Is heard the Song of Peace.

Refrain
Glory give to God on high!
Glory give to God on high!
Glory give to God on high!

The Eastern Kings the star have seen,
They hasten on their way;
Long time they’ve watched and waiting been
The dawning of that day:–
The dawning of the day of Grace,
The gleam of Jacob’s Star,
The Virgin’s Child of Jesse’s race,
Whom prophet’s saw afar.

And now they offer treasures rare,
Which Indian silks enfold,
Of myrrh, which sweetly scents the air,
Of frankincense and gold.
Their kingly heads they meekly bow
The cradled Babe before,
Their God confess, and, kneeling low,
In humble faith adore.

With them I come to greet my King,
Yet not with them to part;
No gold, no frankincense I bring,
I offer Him my heart,
With Him to live, with Him to die,
Who, by His lowly birth,
Gave glory to our God on high,
And peace to men on earth.

E. F. MacGonigle, The Sodalist’s Hymnal (Philadelphia: E. F. MacGonigle, 1887).

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The Star of Bethlehem

Hail, herald of the Gospel morn,
Fair Star, so strange, so bright!
Shine on, shine on, for Christ is born,
The world’s expected Light.
O, may thy blessed shining be
A sign that Christ has come to me!

Thou shinest in yon azure arch,
Glad news to men to bring;
Thou’lt guide the Wise Men on their march
To worship Juda’s King.
Guide me: the world I’d travel o’er
My Infant Jesus to adore.

To thee, bright Star, by night, by day,
The pilgrims’ eyes oft turn;
Their hearts, as on they tread their way,
Like thee for Jesus burn.
O light of faith, my mind illume;
O flame of love, my heart consume!

O’er hostile lands the Magi roam,
Still trusting to thy light,
And when they reach their Saviour’s home
Thou fadest from their sight.
O, shine on me, blest Star, till I
Am safe with my sweet Lord on high!

E. F. MacGonigle, The Sodalist’s Hymnal (Philadelphia: E. F. MacGonigle, 1887).

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Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Angels we have heard on high,
Sweetly singing o’er our plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains
“Gloria in excelsis Deo.”

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your rapturous strain prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?
“Gloria in excelsis Deo.”

Come to Bethlehem, and see
Him whose birth the angels sing;
Come adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.
“Gloria in excelsis Deo.”

See Him in a manger laid,
Whom the choirs of angels praise.
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While our hearts in love we raise.
“Gloria in excelsis Deo.”

A. Edmonds Tozer, ed., Catholic Church Hymnal With Music (New York: J. Fischer & Bro., 1905).

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Hymn for Epiphany

Bethlehem, of noblest cities
None can once with thee compare;
Thou alone the Lord from heaven
Didst for us incarnate bear.
Fairer than the beam of morning
Was the star that told his birth.
To the lands their God announcing,
Hid beneath a form of earth.

By its lambent beauty guided,
See the Eastern kings appear;
See them bend their gifts to offer,
Purest incense, gold, and myrrh.
Sacred gifts of mystic meaning;
Incense doth the God disclose,
Gold a royal child proclaimeth,
Myrrh a future tomb foreshews.

Holy Jesu, in thy brightness
To the Gentile world reveal’d,
Still to babes thyself disclosing.
Ever from the proud conceal’d;
Honour, glory, virtue, merit,
Be to thee, O Virgin’s Son,
With the Father and the Spirit,
While eternal ages run.

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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