This hymn is used for Matins on Mondays throughout the year in the Extraordinary Form. It is used for Office of Readings on Mondays of Weeks I & III during Ordinary Time in the Ordinary Form.
Our limbs with tranquil sleep refresh’d,
Lightly from bed we spring;
Father supreme! to us be nigh,
While to thy praise we sing.
Thy love be first in every heart,
Thy name on every tongue;
Whatever we this day may do,
May it in Thee be done.
Soon will the morning star arise,
And chase the dusk away;
Whatever guilt has come with night,
May it depart with day.
Cut off in us, Almighty Lord,
All that may lead to shame;
So with pure hearts may we in bliss
Thine endless praise proclaim.
Father of mercies! hear our cry;
Hear us, coequal Son!
Who reignest with the Holy Ghost
While ceaseless ages run.
Words: attr. St. Ambrose*, 4th C.; tr. Fr. Edward Caswall, 1849.
* The Liber Hymnarius indicated an anonymous authorship dating to the 6th or 7th century.
The original Latin text may be found here: