The Glory Of These Forty Days

This hymn was used for Matins from the Third Sunday of Lent to Passion Sunday in the Sarum Breviary.

The glory of these forty days
We celebrate with songs of praise;
For Christ, by whom all things were made,
Himself has fasted and has prayed.

Alone and fasting Moses saw
The loving God who gave the law;
And to Elijah, fasting, came
The steeds and chariots of flame.

So Daniel trained his mystic sight,
Delivered from the lions’ might;
And John, the Bridegroom’s friend, became
The herald of Messiah’s name.

Then grant us, Lord, like them to be
Full oft in fast and prayer with Thee;
Our spirits strengthen with Thy grace,
And give us joy to see Thy face.

O Father, Son, and Spirit blest,
To thee be every prayer addressed,
Who art in threefold name adored,
From age to age, the only Lord.

Words: Attr. Pope St. Gregory The Great, 6th Century; tr. Maurice F. Bell, 1906.
Tune:Spires” Joseph Klug, 1543.
Meter: 88.88

The original Latin text of this hymn may be found here.

 

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