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St. Mary Magdalene

 

(7.7.7.7.D.)

Published in The Hymnary, Novello, 1872.

1 Saviour, when in dust to Thee
Low we bow the adoring knee;
  2 By Thy helpless infant years,
By Thy life of want and tears,
    When, repentant, to the skies
Scarce we lift our weeping eyes,
      By Thy days of sore distress
In the savage wilderness;
  Oh, by all Thy pains and woe
Suffer'd once for man below,
    By the dread mysterious hour
Of the insulting tempters power;
    Bending from Thy throne on high,
Hear our solemn litany.
      Turn, O turn a favouring eye;
Hear our solemn litany.
 
3 By the sacred griefs that wept
O'er the grave where Lazarus slept;
  4 By Thine hour of whelming fear;
By Thine agony of prayer;
    By the boding tears that flow'd
Over Salem's loved abode;
      By the cross, the nail, the thorn,
Piercing spear, and torturing scorn;
  By the mournful word that told
Treachery lurk'd within Thy fold;
    By the gloom that veil'd the skies
O'er the dreadful sacrifice;
    From Thy seat above the sky
Hear our solemn litany.
      Listen to our humble cry;
Hear our solemn litany.

5 By Thy deep expiring groan;
By the sad sepulchral stone;
    By the vault whose dark abode
Held in vain the rising God;
  Oh, from earth to Heav'n restored,
Mighty, re-ascended Lord,
    Listen, listen to the cry
Of our solemn litany. Amen.

Robert Grant, 1815.

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